BUIES CREEK, N.C. — The Winthrop women’s basketball team can accomplish something that no other Eagle team has done – win sixth straight Big South Conference games – when it meets Campbell Saturday afternoon at Gore Arena.
Winthrop tied the longest streak with five straight conference wins on Thursday night when it defeated Coastal Carolina, 76-52. Last year’s team also won five in a row.
The overall school record for winning streaks was set when the 1983-84 team won eight straight games.
Winthrop coach Kevin Cook credits the team’s defensive effort for its recent success. “The thing that has propelled us lately is our defense. A renewed committed to the defensive end of the court has been the key. If we can maintain that kind of dedication and focus, then we will be okay,” he said.
Cook is hoping for the return of Schaquilla Nunn to the lineup after the 6-foot-3 freshman center sat out the Coastal Carolina game with a mild concussion. Her status for the Campbell game is questionable.
Nunn has given Winthrop its strongest post presence since the mid-90s, averaging 9.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots. She ranks among the nation’s leaders in rebounding and blocked shots and is second in the Big South Conference in both categories. She has nine double-doubles and one triple-double this season.
In the win over Coastal Carolina,senior Diana Choibekova connected on 6-of-8 three-point shots while scoring 23 points to equal her previous season high. She is now 15 three-point shots shy of reaching the 200 mark in her one-plus seasons. She ranks second on the Winthrop career list behind Tiffany Rodd, who made 263 during her four-year career (2005-09).
Over the past five games, Dequesha McClanahan has averaged 24.8 points and 6.8 assists. She is the leading scorer in the Big South at 18.1 points in all games and 20.2 for conference-only contests. She also is the league leader in assists with 6.3 per game.