DELAND, Fla. – In the second game of the 25th Annual Hatter Classic hosted by Stetson University, the UNC Asheville women’s basketball team suffered a 74-57 setback to Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday afternoon at the Edmunds Center.

“Bethune-Cookman came ready to play today and set the tone early doing exactly what they’re know for, being aggressive to the rim and getting second-chance shots,” said Asheville head coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick. “We allowed them to be comfortable in their offense the first half and couldn’t handle their pressure on the offensive end.”

With the loss the Blue & White fall to 2-9 on the season, while the Lady Wildcats improve to 4-5.

Asheville struggled offensively in the early goings of the contest, not hitting a field goal until 10:52 to go in the first half. Shonese Jones scored that first bucket for the Bulldogs, and posted a team-best 15 points in the contest. 

Gentry Manley scored 12 points and Grace Blaylock added 11 for Asheville, with Kelli Riles pulling down a team-high six rebounds. Blaylock also recorded four assists for the Bulldogs.

B-CU was led offensively by Terrenisha Hollis and Chastity Rene Taylor, who each posted 15 points in the game. Kayla Crawford scored 14 points and Amanda Hairston scored 12, with Crawford leading the Lady Wildcats in rebounds with eight. 

The Lady Wildcats started the game on a 17-5 run before outscoring the Bulldogs 23-11 to close out the first half, taking a 40-16 lead into the break. Asheville shot only 24 percent to start the game, connecting on 5-of-21 field goals in the first half. 

“We are a team that will be successful when all of us come to compete on the same night and commit to doing that day in and day out,” added Kirkpatrick. “We must play hard and with purpose on both ends for 40 minutes.”

The second half saw the Bulldogs get their offense on track, outscoring B-CU 41-34, but the first half deficit was too much to overcome, as Asheville fell 74-57.

The Bulldogs will finish out the Hatter Classic tomorrow afternoon, when they take on host Stetson. Opening tip is set for 1 p.m. at the Edmunds Center.