November 15, 2013
WEST POINT, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s basketball team continued their hot start to the season by remaining undefeated with their first conference win, 73-67 over Point University on Wednesday night.
Senior forward Natia Gasque again led the Lady Knights with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting while also contributing nine rebounds and two massive blocks to help keep the Knights undefeated at 3-0. This is the Knights best start to a season and most consecutive wins since 2006 when they were 5-1.
The Lady Knights got out to a 32-25 lead at halftime as they held the Skyhawks to 21 percent shooting in the first half. SAU would then shoot 42 percent in the second half as they put up 41 points, their second-most points in any half this season, while holding Point to 26 percent shooting for the game.
Sophomore forward Alexus Davis led in rebounds with 12 while also recording nine points and two assists. Point guard Mercedes Smith led in assists with five and also contributed 11 rebounds along with eight points and a block as she played all 40 minutes. Freshman guard Kayla Johnson also had a good night, scoring 15 points along with four steals while senior forward Kimayah Fulcher was perfect from the free-throw line making all eight of her attempts.
Point (3-3, 0-1) was led by Dereese Owens’ 22 points and Amiria Blakeley’s 14 rebounds. SAU will next return home to host conference foe Bryan College (2-3) on Saturday at noon.
The SAU men’s basketball team also played Point on Wednesday, but had a different result. The Knights dropped their first conference game of the season to Point University Wednesday night by a score of 77-63.
The Knights got off to a good start as they led by nine points after the first five minutes of play, but then Point began to hit their shots as they crept back into the game by shooting 47 percent in the first half on their way to a 12-point halftime lead. The Knights struggled shooting their outside shot as they went 0-for-7 on three-pointers in the first half and then could only muster one three in the second half. On the other hand the Skyhawks shot 6-for-9 on threes in the first half which catapulted them back into the lead. Point cooled off a bit in the second half but still shot an impressive 47 percent from behind the arc in the game.
SAU was led by junior forward Marko Zjacic, who scored a team-high 15 points and had nine rebounds and two assists as well. Freshman forward Nathaniel Pittman had 10 points and nine boards but fouled out towards the end of the game. Knight guard Aaron Smith also was in double-figures with 12 points and four rebounds. Junior guard Jibri Banner also led in steals with two and scored six points.
Point (2-5, 1-1) was led by Brandon Wright’s team-leading 21-points and 11 rebounds while three others were also in double figures scoring for the Skyhawks. Point was very balanced in their shooting as 19 of their 41 total shot attempts were from three-point range.
St. Andrews will next return home to host conference foe Bryan College (1-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m.