Asheville Survives Late Scare From Winthrop
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The UNC Asheville women’s basketball picked up another Big South Conference victory on Monday evening as they defeated the Winthrop Lady Eagles 66-61 at Winthrop Coliseum. The Bulldogs led the entire way but had to withstand a furious comeback attempt by the Lady Eagles who finished the game on a 20-to-6 run.
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Asheville (12-15, 5-9 BSC) shot the ball well in the first half converting 11-of-22 field goals including going 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc. The Blue & White took a 34-21 lead into halftime and pushed its lead to 19 heading into the final media timeout of the game.
Winthrop (12-15, 5-9 BSC) trailed 60-41 with 3:51 remaining, only to hold the Bulldogs without a field goal over the final four minutes. The Lady Eagles scored 20 points over that time frame, but were forced to foul to conserve time. Asheville was able to convert its free throws to hold on for the five-point victory.
“We played great for 35 minutes but over the last five minutes of the game we panicked against Winthrop’s press defense,” said Asheville head coach Betsy Blose. “But I’m really proud of how we were able to regain our composure and pull out the win. It wasn’t pretty at the end, but a win on the road is huge for us.”
Senior forward Lindsey Montgomery continued her quest for 1,000 career points, as she posted a team-high 15 points en route to her ninth double-double of the season (11 rebounds). Fellow senior Kendall Shepard, already a member of the 1,000 point club, scored 14 for the Bulldogs while Lindsey Thompson chipped in 12 points.
Shepard also recorded seven assists to just one turnover in 30 minutes of action.
Winthrop was led on offense by Dequesha McClannahan who scored a game-high 20 points. McClannahan posted six assists as well but also turned the ball over five times. TaQuoia Hammick also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds with Lacey Lyons contributing 14 points to the Lady Eagles’ total.
The win for the Bulldogs avenges a 71-64 loss to Winthrop on Jan. 22 at the Justice Center. The Bulldogs led by as much as 15 in the second half before the Lady Eagles came from behind for the seven-point win.
The Bulldogs will next be in action on Friday evening when they travel to Lynchburg, Va., to take on Big South Conference regular season champion Liberty in a contest set for 7 p.m. The Lady Flames earned a 61-44 win over Asheville on Jan. 10 at Justice in the first meeting between the two schools.