Perfect at home
The Georgia Southwestern women's basketball team improved
to 4-0 at home this season with a 65-58 win over Saint Leo at the
Storm Dome on Sunday afternoon.
Hot shooting and stifling defense helped the Lady 'Canes avenge
77-75 loss to SLU on November 20.
GSW finished the game shooting 43.9 percent from the floor
including 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from beyond the arc, while holding
Saint Leo to 27.1 percent (16-of-59). The 16 field goals are the
fewest allowed in a game this year by Southwestern.
The Lady Hurricanes never trailed on Sunday.
After Saint Leo tied the game (6-6) at the 16:02 mark in the
half, Georgia Southwestern used the next nine minutes to steadily
increase their advantage to eight, 20-12.
A 3-point basket from SLU shaved the GSW lead to five before
Reynolds led the Lady ‘Canes on another run. Reynolds hit a jumper,
knocked down two free throws and led Brandi Burris on a fast break to
help GSW build their largest lead of the half, 26-15.
The visitors chipped away at the Southwestern lead over the
minutes of the half to cut the Hurricanes lead to five (30-25) at the
GSW pushed the offensive issue right out of the gate in the
half, using the first three minutes to score the first nine points and
gain a 39-25 lead.
Saint Leo cut the lead to six with 15:05 to play. The GSW
remained steady over next nine minutes before Saint Leo made one final
charge at the ‘Canes.
A 7-1 SLU run cut the lead to three with 5:06 to play. The
Lions remained persistent eventually slicing the lead down to one with
1:35 to go on a converted three-point play by Sierra Williams.
On GSW's ensuing possession, Kanita Holloway knocked down a
basket to give the Lady ‘Canes a four-point cushion. After two free
throws from SLU, Jessica Bivins put the game out of reach with 22
seconds remaining when she drilled the Lady ‘Canes second consecutive
three-pointer, giving the home squad a 63-58 lead.
Two late free throws from Tonette Murphy completed the scoring.
Southwestern had fewer rebounds (47-40), but more assists (11-4)
steals (11-4) than Saint Leo.
While the Lady Hurricanes were solid from the floor, they
the free throw line (11-of-22).
Reynolds posted her third double-double of the season to lead
game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (13). Holloway added nine
Williams scored 15 points to lead SLU. Gekeela Clemmons added
points. Willonda Windham and Dominique Daniels pulled down 10 rebounds
The five-game home winning streak, dating back to last season,
Lady Hurricanes longest since winning six straight (January 7-February
4) in 2006 as a member of the NAIA.
GSW looks to avenge another loss from earlier this season on
hosting Brenau at 3:00 p.m.