Conference Tourney Underway in Montgomery

Conference Tourney Underway in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The 2013 Great South Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament tipped off on the campus of Huntingdon College on Friday afternoon with three quarterfinal games. Salem began the day with a blowout win over Wesleyan followed by long-time members Agnes Scott and Spelman picking up wins overnewcomers Trinity Washington and Pine Manor, respectively.

The results set up a Saturday Semifinal showdown that tips off at 1:00 p.m. Central with No. 3 seed Agnes Scott dueling No. 2 seed Salem. That contest is followed at 3pm by host and No. seed Huntingdon taking on Spelman.

Below are the recaps from the winning institutions' sports information offices:

Salem over Wesleyan 78-16

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The Salem College basketball team cruised past Wesleyan for the 3rd time this season, 78-16, to win their quarterfinal game and advance to the semifinals. The Spirits reached the semifinals of the Great South Tournament for the 1st time for the basketball program. They tied the school record for most wins as they improved their record to 16-10. Wesleyan ends their season with a 1-18 mark.

GSAC Player of the Year, Satavia Taylor (Chicago, IL), led the team with 17 points and 4 assists. Bria Patterson (Winterhaven, FL) led the team with 4 steals, and Jasmine Shabazz (Buffalo, NY) finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Salem controlled the entire game. They went into halftime with a 33-10 advantage. In the 2nd half, they held the Pioneers to just 6 points. The Spirits had a 49-23 rebound advantage.

The Spirits will play Agnes Scott tomorrow in the 1st semifinal game of the tournament. The Scotties defeated Trinity Washington 66-39 in their quarterfinal game. Salem and Agnes Scott split this season, but Salem blew Agnes Scott out last week, 65-40.

Agnes Scott over Trinity Washington, 66-39

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Playing in the GSAC tournament today, the Agnes Scott College basketball team defeated new conference member Trinity Washington University, 66-39 to advance to the semi-finals tomorrow against Salem College. Salem defeated Wesleyan College earlier today and will also advance to the semi-finals.

Genefine Sapateh was the leading scorer with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Tiffany Jones added 14 points. Janelle McKinney came off the bench and scored 12 points making six of seven of her shots and Shavonne Orr rounded out the top scorers with 10 points.

Agnes Scott outshot Trinity 47% to 26% making 27 of 58 field goals. The two teams were fairly even on rebounds, Agnes Scott grabbed 38 and Trinity grabbed 39.

Spelman over Pine Manor, 92-74:

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MONTGOMERY, Ala.- Traveling to Huntingdon for the Great South Athletic Basketball tournament this weekend, the Spelman Jaguars basketball team opened the weeked in spectacular fashion by blowing out the Pine Manor Gators on Friday afternoon, 92-74.

Trading scores throughout the opening minutes of the contest, it was good jumper by leading scorer and All-Conference honoree Andrea Kinzer that would put Spelman up for good to win the game. Netting a three-pointer, Tiana Welch helped put the Jaguars up by four and the squad was off to the races. The team would increase their lead to 12 before the end of the half, going into intermission up 46-34.

Fighting in the second half, the Gators sparked a comeback in the first three minutes, reducing Spelman's lead to as little as six. Back-to-back layups by Kinzer and All-Freshman winner Courtney Kelson put the Jaguars back up by 10 and three minutes later, Spelman saw their largest advantage of the contest with a cool 26 point lead. The Jaguars finished the game with an 18 point lead to earn the victory and a spot in the conference semifinals, 92-74.

Leading the way for Spelman in scoring for the seventh time this season, Kinzer finished the game with a season-best 27 points and nine rebounds. During the first half, she had already netted 13 of her 27 points, going 6-for-10 from the field. Fellow sophomore Christiauna Draper added 13 points of her own.

Playing again tomorrow, the Jaguars will face off with host Huntingdon for the chance to play in the GSAC Championship game on Sunday. Tip-off tomorrow is set for 1 p.m. central time. For live stats and video for the contest, click here.

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