ASHEVILLE, N.C. — In a 68-49 road win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, it was freshman Erica Williams who fueled a 19-0 second half run and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds as the Winthrop women remained undefeated in Big South basketball play.
The win improved Winthrop to 9-3 overall and 4-0 in league play while Asheville dropped to 5-9 and 2-3.
Williams, who recorded her second double-double of the season, connected on 10 of 12 field goals and came up with nine points during that second half surge after Asheville had erased a seven-point halftime deficit to tie the game at 40-40 with 14:04 left in the contest. Just after the Bulldogs’ KJ Weaver had tied the game for the first time with a layup, Williams responded with a bucket inside the paint at the 13:42 mark to spark the run.
Dequesha McClanahan, who missed a triple-double by two rebounds, gave the Eagles some breathing room with a 15-foot jumper to make it a four-point game.
Besides Williams’ game-high 21 points, McClanahan finished with 13 points and also dished out 10 assists to go along with eight rebounds. Wright finished with 14 after her hot start. The Bulldogs were led by Paige Love with 11 while Gwyn had 10.