ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Senior guard Lindsey Thompson scored her 1,000th career point on Monday evening for the UNC Asheville women’s basketball team, but the Bulldogs could not keep pace with the visiting Winthrop Lady Eagles in the second half, as the Blue & White fell 79-68 in Big South Conference play.
“In the second half we missed a lot of opportunities,” said Asheville head coach Betsy Blose. “The three-ball kept us in the game but we can’t give up 70-plus points per game and expect to win. We had good energy but we just made too many turnovers.”
Thompson posted 20 points in the game for the Bulldogs, with freshman Shonese Jones scoring a team-high 22. Grace Blaylock scored nine and Gentry Manley scored eight while Kelli Riles pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs (7-17, 3-10 BSC) also set a new team record for 3-pointers in a game, recording 14 in the contest.
“I’m really proud of Lindsey, and what she’s done in four years here in Asheville,” added Blose.
Winthrop (13-11, 7-5 BSC) got a game-high 28 points from Dequesha McClanahan, with Samiya Wright adding 18 and Taylor Calvert adding 13 to the Lady Eagles’ total. Calvert also posted a career-high 19 rebounds in the contest, helping pace Winthrop to 55 boards in the game.
The first half featured nine lead changes and five tie scores, with neither team able to gain more than a seven-point lead. The Bulldogs would finish the frame on a pair of Bulldog three’s to go into the trailing 39-38.
Jones gave the Bulldogs the lead coming out of the break at 40-39 only to see McClanahan take it right back 20 seconds later. Thompson put the Blue & White up 42-41 at the 18:39 mark, only to see the Lady Eagles go on a 24-to-7 run over the next 10 minutes to build a 65-49 lead with 9:52 to go.
Asheville would respond with a 12-to-4 run paced by Jones and Thompson to pull within 69-61 at the 4:13 mark. However, Winthrop was able to keep the Bulldogs at arm’s length the rest of the way to earn the 79-68 win.
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Big South foe Gardner-Webb at 5 p.m. Winthrop will return home for its next two contests as it will host league-leading Liberty on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.