No. 22 North Georgia Women's Basketball Advances in PBC Tournament With Win Over Georgia College
DAHLONEGA - Vanessa Agrusa and Julianne Sutton each finished with a double-double as the University of North Georgia women's basketball team advanced in the Peach Belt Conference tournament and sent Georgia College packing with a final score of 82-51 Wednesday night.
After trading baskets early in the game, North Georgia went on a hot streak and never lost it. Georgia College cut the lead down to nine in the second half, but UNG answered with a run of their own to stretch the lead back out to a comfortable margin.
- Tamera Thorpe and Imani Arnold finished with a team-high 18 points, while Abbie Franklin added 14. Agrusa's double-double was 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Sutton's was 11 and 11.
- UNG was 19-for-25 from the charity stripe in the game.
- The Nighthawks outscored GC in the paint, 38-18.
The Nighthawks are not done yet and will look for their next tournament win against Clayton State in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Tournament on Saturday at Augusta University's Christenberry Fieldhouse. Tipoff is set for noon.
Bearcats set PBC Tournament scoring record in 107-70 quarterfinal win
GREENWOOD – The Lander women's basketball team scored more than 100 points against a Peach Belt Conference opponent in back-to-back games for the first time in program history Wednesday night as the Bearcats routed Francis Marion 107-70 in the PBC Tournament quarterfinals at Horne Arena. The 107 points is a new Peach Belt Conference Tournament single-game record.
The Bearcats also set tournament records with 59 second-half points, 42 made field goals and 29 assists.
The 107 points broke the previous tournament record of 102 set by then Augusta State University in 1999, and that was an overtime game.
Lander improved to 22-7 overall and will face either Flagler or Columbus State in the PBC semifinals Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday.
[The first quarter] was a wake-up call," said head coach Kevin Pederson. "Fortunately, they responded and, like we've seen so many times this season, we kept going and going until we found that run."
Second-seeded Lander trailed the seventh-seeded Patriots early in the second quarter Wednesday before turning the game around with a 21-1 run. The Bearcats outscored Francis Marion 28-12 in the second period and were never threatened the rest of the way.
Lander beat Augusta University 105-63 in the regular-season finale Saturday. The Bearcats last scored 100 or more points in consecutive games in 2015-16 but against non-conference opponents.
Francis Marion ended its season at 12-15. Patriots senior Shaunice Fulmore, who led the PBC in scoring with 19.3 points per game this season, didn't score until the fourth quarter and wound up with just seven points in her final career contest.
Mylea McKenith led Lander with 21 points in her final game at Horne Arena. She led the team with a trio of three-pointers.
Tabitha Dailey added 19 points for the Bearcats on eight of 11 shooting from the floor while grabbing seven rebounds.
Symone Starks contributed 16 points and seven rebounds while pacing Lander with seven of the team's 29 assists.
Jessica Harris added 15 points despite early foul trouble for the Bearcats. She played only eight minutes in the first half.
Amiaya Melvins contributed 15 points on six of eight shooting while leading Lander with eight rebounds. She also had four assists and four steals.
Senior Ariana Sanders added eight points and five assists in her final game at Horne Arena. Miriam Recarte contributed seven points, five boards and three blocked shots.
Tatyana McClaney paced Francis Marion with 17 points, Abigail Bullock added 12 points, and Kiana Adderton 10.
There were four lead changes in the opening quarter, with Lander forging ahead late to lead 19-18 going into the second period.
Francis Marion scored the first two baskets of the second quarter for a 22-19 lead. But only four and a half minutes later, the Bearcats were up 40-23 on the strength of a 21-1 run.
Starks scored eight of the 21 points, Dailey added six points during the run, and McKenith capped the rally with Lander's first made three-pointer in eight attempts for a 40-23 advantage with 3:53 left in the half.
Starks and McKenith each added threes as the Bearcats led 48-30 at the break.
Lander had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half while outscoring the Patriots 34-12 in the paint.
McKenith, Recarte, Harris and Starks made threes early in the third quarter as the Bearcat lead grew to 63-35.
Lander's advantage reached 30 points when Melvins broke free under the basket and hit a layup off a pass from Starks, making it 69-39 with 4:38 to go.
McKenith's layup off a long pass from Harris pushed the Bearcats past the 80-point mark before the end of the third quarter, making it 81-45.
Lander led 83-47 going into the final period.
The Bearcats extended their lead to 91-51 just inside the seven-minute mark on a Sarah Crews jumper near the free-throw line.
Sanders made a layup off a pass from Crews as Lander passed the century mark, making it 101-51 with 2:35 to go.
Cardiac Cougars Pull Stunning Comeback
SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Trailing by 19 points in the second half and 15 points entering the fourth quarter, the Columbus State University women's basketball team pulled a stunning comeback to defeat Flagler 71-68 in overtime Wednesday night. The Peach Belt Conference Tournament quarterfinal took place in Saint Augustine, Florida.
Tatiana Wayne led all scorers in the game with 29 points including four from behind the arc, while Taya Gibson had a monster performance down low chipping in a career high 14 points and 17 rebounds.
"This was one of the wildest games I've been a part of here at CSU but I couldn't be more proud of the effort from our team tonight," said head coach Anita Howard. That's Lady Cougar basketball right there, never giving up. Gibson was incredible, Wayne was a warrior, it took the whole team to believe and we never gave up and showed just how hard it is to put us down for the count."
CSU trailed 51-36 entering the fourth quarter and had looked dead in the water being down the entire game on the road. But the resiliency of the Lady Cougars showed off in a big way in the fourth quarter as they battled hard to continually cut at the deficit.
After trading buckets in the early going of the fourth quarter, a jumper by Flagler with 4:00 remaining put them up 61-50 heading into the final media timeout. That's when CSU made their late push to silence the Saints crowd down the stretch.
Four free throws would go in for the Lady Cougars along with their defense stepping up and forcing four straight misses to make it a 61-54 game with 1:53 left. Wayne, who had been battling cramps late in the fourth quarter came up big draining a three pointer to make it 61-57 with 1:32 left, giving her 26 points at the time.
Flagler would miss two free throws and Columbus State would run an elevator screen the next time down the court freeing up Tatum Jarvis for a wide open three at the top of the key, her only made bucket of the night. Down by just one, CSU would steal the inbounds pass but two missed layups and a foul sent Flagler to the line where they extended their lead to 63-60 with just :23 seconds on the clock.
Coming out of the timeout Kaihla Carter would drain her only three pointer of the night, but it came in the biggest moment of the game for CSU as they tied it with just :20 seconds to go in regulation. Two more missed free throws by Flagler gave CSU a chance to win it in regulation but a missed jumper at the buzzer sent the game into overtime.
Having trailed the entire game, Columbus State would get their first lead of the night on a free throw by Gibson to open up the overtime period. A free throw by Flagler would tie it at 64 and the two teams traded turnovers before Flagler jumped back in front by two on a layup with 3:10 left.
Wayne continued to warrior it out on the court, as she and rose up from the right wing for another three, giving her 29 points before collapsing with more cramps. The senior would have to be subbed out but not before she gave the Lady Cougars the lead back at 67-66 with 2:17 left.
With :17 left the Saints would tie the game at the free throw line, but once again giving the Lady Cougars a chance to win the game. This time around, CSU would deliver and put the finishing touches on the incredible comeback.
Carter launched a three with five seconds remaining that went of the mark but Gibson grabbed another critical offensive rebound for the Lady Cougars. The loose ball eventually found its way into the hands of Jurnee Smith, who threw it up as the buzzer and whistles sounded, going off the glass for two and the foul. The referees put 0.4 back on the clock but Smith went to the line and drilled the free throw to give CSU the three-point lead and the upset win.
Columbus State shot 30.0 percent (30-for-80) from the field while hitting 7-of-21 from behind the arc.
The Lady Cougars will advance to the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament in Augusta to take on second-seeded Lander on Saturday, March 9. Tipoff is schedule for 2:30 p.m.
Newby Erupts for Career-High 27 as Clayton State Powers Into PBC Semifinals With 59-44 Win Over USC Aiken
MORROW, Ga. - Redshirt-junior guard Madison Newby (Lawrenceville, Ga.) dropped a career-high 27 points as No. 4 seed Clayton State (21-8, 16-6 PBC) powered past No. 5 seed USC Aiken (16-13, 12-10 PBC) by a 59-44 score in a Peach Belt Conference Tournament Quarterfinal and an NCAA Division II women's basketball game on Wednesday, March 6.
Newby delivered the best game of her Laker career with 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including a surprising 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. That total matched her season total and she added four rebounds to with a 4-of-4 performance at the foul line. It surpassed her previous best of 20 points, which she had accomplished four times, most recently last time out against Columbus on March 2.
She was joined by senior guard TaKwana Bland (Williamston, N.C.) with nine points and four steals and sophomore guard Tatiana Foster (Atlanta, Ga.) with seven points and five rebounds. Redshirt-senior guard Monica Alexander (Richmond, Va.) added six points, three caroms, two assists and a pair of steals and senior forward Velencia Johnson (Hoover, Ala.) chipped in with seven points to round out the top performers.
Clayton State came out on fire as they powered out to a commanding 16-2 lead over the first 5:35 behind six points from Alexander and five from Johnson. With their season on the line, however, USCA would shake off their doldrums over the next 5:01. During that time they matched that game opening run with a 16-2 stretch of their own as Kyrie' Chandler exploded for 13 points as the Pacers knotted it up at 18-18.
It would continue to be a game of runs, however, as the Lakers answered right back with a 12-2 burst as Newby came away with seven of those points to make it 30-20 by the 5:41 mark. USC Aiken would then get within six before the teams headed to the break with the score at 34-26.
Entering the second half it would be Clayton State that came to play as they scored the first 12 points, behind another seven from Newby and five from Foster, to push it to a daunting 20 point margin, 46-26 with 4:40 on the clock. Once again the Pacers would respond with a run of their own, this time 14-3 in a span of 7:08, to pull to within 49-40 with 6:32 left in the game.
That would be as close they would get, however, as Newby drilled them again with back-to-back layups and Bland buried four straight free throws to close out the 59-44 victory.
Kwajelin Farrar just missed a double-double to lead the Pacers as she finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Chandler notched 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Star Toomey ripped down an impressive 16 boards, six off the offensive glass and Melyk Taouil posted a solid all-around game with 11 points, five caroms, four assists and four steals.
The Lakers advance to the semifinals of the PBC Tournament for the 12th time in 20 appearances and will face top seeded No. 22 North Georgia. That game will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 in Augusta, Georgia at Christenberry Fieldhouse, site of the league's men's and women's Final Four.