Asheville Falls To Gardner-Webb At Big South Championship
HIGH PONT, N.C. – For the second year in a row the UNC Asheville women’s basketball faced off against Gardner-Webb in the Advanced Auto Parts Big South Conference Championship. For the second year in a row Gardner-Webb was able to slip past the Blue & White, earning a 69-58 victory over the Bulldogs on Friday evening at the Millis Center.
Kendall Shepard scored a career-high 28 points in her final contest with the Bulldogs
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
“We’ve had a lot of great games with Gardner-Webb this season,” said Asheville head coach Betsy Blose. “We just had a couple of stretches in the first and second halves where we let them get away from us. Our kids showed great effort and great poise, we just didn’t get it done tonight.”
Asheville got a career-high 28 points from senior point guard Kendall Shepard, with sophomore forward Kelli Riles chipping in 16 to the Bulldogs’ total. Riles also posted 12 rebounds in the contest, giving the underclassman her 12 double-double of the season.
Senior Lindsey Montgomery scored six points to go along with nine rebounds, as Montgomery, Shepard and Riles combined for 50 of Asheville’s 58 points. With the loss the Bulldogs finish the year 12-18 overall and 5-11 in the Big South. Shepard finishes her career with the Blue & White with 1,087 points while Montgomery finishes with 1,107.
GWU was led by Dominique Hudson who posted 23 points and 10 assists for the Runnin’ Bulldogs. Sandra Vaitkute and Monique Hudson chipped in 14 and 13, respectively, to Gardner-Webb’s total. LaTroya Pope posted nine rebounds for the Runnin’ Bulldogs with five blocks on the night.
Gardner-Webb will go on to face Winthrop in the semifinals of the tournament tomorrow.
In the first half the Runnin’ Bulldogs jumped out to an early 21-12 lead over the first 10 minutes of the game. Asheville would fight its way back into the game over the next three minutes, tying the game at 24-24 a the 6:23 mark on a Shepard 3-pointer.
However, GWU would finish the half on an 18-7 run to take an 11-point lead into the break at 42-31.
In the second half the Bulldogs would cut the lead to four on three occasions including an old-fashioned 3-point play by Shepard with 13:16 left to go, but the Runnin’ Bulldogs would keep Asheville at arm’s length the rest of the way before earning the 69-58 win