February 28, 2009

Lady Eagles suffer 3rd straight loss

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Winthrop women's basketball team dropped its third straight game Saturday with a 73-62 loss to High Point.

With the loss, Win-throp falls to 12-14 overall and 6-7 in the Big South. High Point improves to 13-15 overall and 9-6 in the league.

It was just the third time this season Winthrop has allowed an opponent to score 70 or more points, and the first time since a loss at Georgia State on Jan. 27.

Winthrop, which trailed by eight points at halftime, opened the second half with a Tiffany Rodd 3-pointer to cut the lead to five, but that was as close as it got. The Lady Eagles dominated the glass 43-33, which included 20 offensive rebounds, but were unable to take advantage and only managed five points off those opportunities.

For the game, Winthrop shot just 37 percent and allowed the Panthers to shoot 44 percent. The Lady Eagles entered the game ranked in the Top 25 nationally in scoring defense at 55.2 points per game

"Again, it was not a very good defensive effort today," coach Bud Childers said. "I just told the team I was disappointed in them. That is not acceptable defensive effort. Defense the second half was a little better. I know we're capable of playing better than that defensively. You have to credit High Point, as they shot a good percentage today."

Winthrop, which had won five straight prior to the current skid, scored the first basket of game on an Ashley Fann jumper, but High Point tied it on a turnover as Frances Fields scored. Jurica Hargraves scored on the next possession and the Panthers led the rest of the half, including a 16-point advantage with 4:48 to go in the half.

Rodd answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to 13 points and started a 13-4 run. Fields hit a layup off her own miss off a 3-point shot as time expired in the first half.

Fann led Winthrop with 17 points and seven rebounds while Rodd added 16 points and seven rebounds. Shanice Cole recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Hargraves scored a game-high 18 points to lead four High Point players in double-figures. Shamia Brown had 14 points, Amy Dodd had 12 points and Fields finished with 10.

The Lady Eagles will finish the regular season with back-to-back home games beginning at 7 p.m. Friday when they host UNC Asheville for Senior Night. Winthrop will host Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. March 9.

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