Winthrop roundup: McClanahan, Williams combine for 55 in Eagles’ win at Davidson

Winthrop UniversityNovember 16, 2013 

— Senior Dequesha McClanahan and freshman Erica Williams combined for 55 points to lead the Winthrop women’s basketball team to a 91-76 win over Davidson on Friday night in Belk Arena.

McClanahan scored 29, including 17 in the first half, and Williams finished with 26 as the Eagles opened the season with two straight wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The loss was the first of the season for Davidson which opened with a 20-point road win over Clemson and another road win over Mount St. Mary’s.

“This was a tremendous team victory for us,” said Winthrop coach Kevin Cook. “Dequesha was just masterful and it was a sterling performance for Erica who played with great calm and poise.”

Winthrop has now defeated Davidson five times in 15 meetings, but this was the first win for the Eagles at Davidson since 1977. The Eagles did it with a hot shooting night as they finished the game at 53 percent (35 of 66) after connecting on 63 percent in the first half (22-35).

In addition to the point production from McClanahan and Williams, Winthrop got double figure scoring from sophomore Schaquilla Nunn who finished with 11 points and 10 from junior Samiya Wright. Nunn also led Winthrop on the boards with a game-high 13 rebounds to give the 6-foot-3 post player her second straight double-double and the 16th of her career.

Winthrop returns home Monday against Saint Louis at 7 p.m.

Volleyball: The Eagles picked up a 3-1 victory over Presbyterian College in both teams’ regular-season finale.

Prior to the contest Winthrop recognized their two seniors, Jackie Landers and Irene Ojukwu.

With the conference season coming to a close Saturday, the Eagles will have to wait until Sunday to find their place in the upcoming Big South tournament. Regardless of seed, Winthrop will play its quarterfinal match on Thursday at Presbyterian College in Clinton.

Winthrop (16-12, 7-7) had a strong showing in the first set, starting with an early 5-1 lead over the Blue Hose (9-21, 7-7). Winthrop continued to lead comfortably at 13-7, causing Presbyterian to take a timeout. Out of the break, the Blue Hose were able to get within two at 16-14, but no closer. The Eagles used a 7-1 run to open 23-15 lead en route to taking the first set 25-19.

Again in the second set, Winthrop jumped out to 5-1 lead. This time Presbyterian battled back to tie the set 6-6. The Eagles responded with their own 6-1 run, taking a 12-7 advantage. Winthrop continued its pressure and increased its lead to 17-7. Presbyterian took another timeout, but to no avail as the Eagles went on to take the second set 25-17.

Neither team amassed more than a three-point edge in the third set. Presbyterian edged out by two at 22-20, forced Winthrop into a timeout. Out of the break the Eagles came back to tie the set at 22. After the two teams traded points, Presbyterian was able to take the set 25-23 off a Winthrop service error and a block.

After an early 4-4 tie in the fourth set, the Eagles went on a 4-0 spurt to go up 8-4. Winthrop continued to increase its lead to 20-14, forcing Presbyterian into a timeout. A 6-2 run followed for the Blue Hose, cutting the Winthrop lead to two points. But Winthrop was able to weather the Blue Hose attack to secure the 25-20, fourth-set victory.

Cross country: Winthrop senior distance runners Jeanne Stroud and Shayna Jenkins closed out their cross country careers on Friday as they were among 265 competitors at the 2013 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships that were held at Panorama Farms near Charlottesville.

Stroud finished 133rd in the 6K race with a time of 22:55.2 while Jenkins bettered that time with a 120th place finish in 22:46.8. As a team the Winthrop women placed 33rd out of 38 schools and were fifth among the nine Big South schools who competed.

Also running for the Eagles were juniors Tristan Langley and Sarah Devaux, and freshman Jaclyn Baker, a Rock Hill native. Langley finished 183rd with a time of 23:33.0 while Devaux was 203rd at 23:50.4. Baker finished 257th with a time of 26:26.1.

Emily Stiles of William & Mary was the individual champion with a time of 19:57.50.

Winthrop’s men were also represented in the regional 10K championship as junior Ellis Coe, freshman Blake White and sophomore Colby Coulter competed in the 239-man field. Coe led the Winthrop trio with a 179th place finish in 32:45.6 while White was 195th in 33:22.6. Coulter finished 233rd with a time of 36:47.0.

Winthrop’s men were not included in the team results as the Eagles did not compete with the required minimum five runners.

The individual men’s champion was Paul Chelimo of UNC Greensboro who was clocked in a time of 28:37.30.

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