HIGH POINT, N.C. – Junior guard Shonese Jones scored a season-high 21 points with teammate Tianna Knuckles chipping in 19 to the Bulldogs’ total, but High Point came away with the victory earning an 82-75 win over UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon in Big South Conference women’s basketball action.
With the setback Asheville falls to 10-17 on the season with a 7-11 mark in league play while the Panthers improve to 18-9 overall and 14-4 in the Big South. High Point has now won 11 in a row against the Bulldogs dating back to the 2008-09 season.
Jones scored 21 with four rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal with Knuckles pulling down four boards and recording one assist. Sophomore guard Paige Love had 11 for the Blue & White, with a team-high nine rebounds.
High Point was celebrating senior day and graduating senior Stacia Robertson posted 16 points and nine rebounds to help the Panthers to the victory. Freshman Kaylah Keys scored a team-best 17 points, Latrice Phelps added 11, Ashante Richard added 11 and Teddy Vincent added 11 as all five starters for the Panthers scored in double figures.
Richard tallied a game-high six assists and DeAnneisha Jackson pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds.
Asheville and HPU each converted 25-of-66 field goal attempts, but the Bulldogs struggled at the charity stripe hitting only 17-of-32 from the free throw line. The Panthers converted 25-of-36 from the line.
The Bulldogs also out-rebounded the Panthers 51-45 in the contest.
The first half saw the Bulldogs take an early 9-4 lead, only to see the Panthers go on a 34-11 run over the next 10 minutes. However, the Blue & White fought their way back into the contest by holding HPU scoreless over the final 4:24 of the half.
Asheville went on a 14-0 run over the course of the final four and a half of the half, capped off by a fastbreak jumper by Knuckles from just inside the 3-point line as time expired. Knuckles finished the frame with a team-best 11 points as the Bulldogs were down 38-34 at the break.
In the second half the Bulldogs came out firing, with Jones hitting a 3-pointer to pull the Bulldogs with a point a 38-37 with 19:54 to play. The two teams traded buckets back and forth over the next four minutes until Ja’Da Brayboy tied the game at 46-46 with 16:44 on a layup from the right block.
High Point would respond quickly to the tie score, going on a 26-12 run over the next 10 minutes to push their lead to 72-58 with 6:57 remaining.
However, Asheville would not go down quietly as the Bulldogs cut the lead to 78-75 on a Knuckles 3-pointer from the corner with 1:33 left on the clock to cap off a 17-6 run by the Blue & White.
Once again the Panthers would respond to the Asheville onslaught, converting four free throws over the final minute to hang on for the 82-75 victory.