Tiffany Rodd led four players in double figures as Winthrop defeated Presbyterian 66-48 Saturday for its fourth straight win as it wrapped up non-conference play.
Winthrop finished the non-conference slate with a 12-6 record and will open Big South action at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at High Point. The 12 victories for the Eagles mark first time the program has won 12 games in the first 18 contests since Winthrop became a member of the NCAA Division I.
Rodd led all scorers with 13 points as she was 4-for-11 with four rebounds. Ashley Haugtvedt finished with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Franchesca Davenport and Ashley Fann each added 11.
Presbyterian (1-20) came ready to play, and just over four minutes into the game, the score was tied at 8-8 as Katlin Moore scored the first eight points. Over the next six minutes of the half, Winthrop built a 10-point lead thanks to a 13-3 run that started on a Rodd 3-pointer and was capped by a jumper in the lane by Jennifer Walker. Haugtvedt had six points during the run.
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With 5:35 left in the first half, the Blue Hose fought back to within five points, and after two Davenport free throws, answered with a Lea Smith jumper with 4:42 left to keep it within five. However, the Eagles ended the half on a 12-2 run and led 36-24 at the break. The Eagles held Presbyterian to just 29 percent shooting in the first half and forced 11 turnovers to help build a double-digit lead at the half.
Winthrop quickly jumped out to a 14-point lead in the second half after an offensive putback by Fann, but Presbyterian answered with an 8-1 run that made it 39-32 with 17:34 remaining. Davenport responded with a tough turnaround jumper, and two possessions later, Yvonne van Daalen's layup put the lead back to double-figures. Winthrop did not yield its double-digit lead the rest of the game and even built it to as high as 25 points with 6:38 to go. A 15-2 Winthrop run pushed the lead to 20 points.
Moore led Presbyterian with 14 points and two steals. Presbyterian shot 30 percent for the game and finished with 25 turnovers.
Davenport also finished with seven rebounds, five assists, a block and two steals. Fann snagged her second double-double of the season as she added 10 rebounds to her 11 points. For the game, Winthrop shot 40 percent from the field and just 58 percent from the foul line (15-for-26).