Basketball Roundup: Huntingdon Forges Tie at Top of Standings

Basketball Roundup: Huntingdon Forges Tie at Top of Standings

ATLANTA, Ga. - As the calendar turns towards February and action heats up on the hardwood, Huntingdon secured its fourth straight league victory to force a three-way tie atop the league standings by topping Agnes Scott on Saturday. Salem downed Wesleyan to maintain the pace at 4-1 in league play while Spelman scored an overtime victory over Covenant to further jumble things at the top.

Here's a look at the weekend GSAC action with the reports from the winning schools' sports information directors:

Huntingdon Tops Agnes Scott, 69-45

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Huntingdon women's basketball coach Buzz Phillips had a good feeling when the Lady Hawks took the court Saturday.

Hosting Agnes Scott in a key Great South Athletic Conference battle, Phillips could tell his team was ready for the challenge. Huntingdon scored the first 11 points of the game and rolled to a 69-45 win.

"With Agnes Scott coming in 4-0 in the conference and us being 3-1, we knew the importance of this game," Phillips said. "When we walked in today, I could see we had our game face on. We played well early and built a lead and we didn't get complacent when we got the lead.

"We were able to get another overall team effort. We shot the ball well, we handled the ball well and we controlled the boards. Winning the rebound battle was big for us."

Huntingdon finished with 53 rebounds to Agnes Scott's 30.

The win was the fifth straight for Huntingdon (10-8, 4-1 GSAC) and created a three-way tie for first in the GSAC standings. Agnes Scott (9-8) and Salem (11-8) are also 4-1 in the GSAC.

"We're at the halfway point of the conference schedule and we're tied for first in the GSAC," Phillips said. "We need to continue to come out and play with the same focus and intensity during the second half of the conference schedule.

"This team can't afford to get complacent. We have to show up ready to play every game. We step out of conference play on Tuesday at Judson and then we're back at it with Salem coming here next weekend. Salem beat us by 21 earlier this season so it's going to be a big one. We want to come out every game and perform like we did today."

On Saturday, Huntingdon jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led 34-18 at halftime. Huntingdon extended its lead in the second half and led by at least 20 points for most of the second half.

Morgan Crawford finished with 17 points, eight assists and three steals for Huntingdon. Patricia Pickens and Devin Douglas both turned in double-doubles and Tanjanik Munford just missed a double-double.

Pickens totaled 16 points, 12 rebounds and three steals, Douglas added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Munford followed with 11 rebounds and nine points.

Huntingdon plays at Judson on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Salem Cruises Past Wesleyan, 82-31

WINSTON SALEM, N..C. - Salem moved into a first place tie with Huntingdon and Agnes Scott in the Great South with a rout over Wesleyan. The Spirits went up 18-0 and cruised to an 82-31 win. Satavia Taylor (Chicago, IL) scored a season-high 34 points. She moved into Salem's record books with 13 made field goals in the game. Salem improves to 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the GSAC, while Wesleyan falls to 1-11 and 0-5.

Salem dominated the whole game. They went into halftime with a 45-18 lead and it never got closer in the 2nd half. The Spirits shot 43.8% from the field, and had a 61-19 rebound advantage.

Taylor added 6 rebounds and 5 steals, and she drained 6 three-pointers. Jasmine Shabazz (Buffalo, NY) finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Elizabeth Penley (Newport, NC) led the team with 11 rebounds. Kristal Lollis (Oberlin, LA) finished with 5 assists.

The Spirits will travel to Georgia to take on Covenant on Tuesday at 6:00.

Spelman Nips Covenant in Overtime Thriller, 63-60

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga.- The Spelman Jaguars basketball team powered past the Covenant Lady Scots in overtime Saturday night, 63-60 on the road.

Starting the game off on a 8-2 run, Spelman began hot on a three pointer by Christiauna Draper and layup by Jasmine Taylor. The Lady Scots would achieve their first lead of the game at the 12:48 mark of the game. Less than 12 seconds later, the Jaguars would gain it back until the end of the half, holding on 32-31.

Kicking off the second half, it looked as though Covenant was poised for a comeback, leading by as many as 12 in the second with 10 minutes left in the contest. The Jaguars began to slowly chip away at the Lady Scot's lead when five minutes later, Spelman would tie it back up. Tying it up two more times before the horn went off, the two squads headed to overtime.

Closing out the game strong, the Jaguars took the lead within the first minute of overtime and never looked back. Two free throws by Tiana Welch sealed the deal for Spelman and gave them their second conference win of the year, 63-60.

Leading the way for Spelman Saturday was Shereva Lewis with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Draper added nine points of her own with Andrea Kinzer and Jasmine Wallace adding seven of their own.

Heading back home for their next contest, the Jaguars will host the Wesleyan Pioneers on Wednesday January 30. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

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