Eagles women trounce Bulldogs, set school record for D-I wins

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Ashley Fann scored a game-high 24 points to lead Winthrop to a 75-54 victory over UNC Asheville, ending a two-game losing streak.

The Eagles improved to 15-8, 3-2 Big South Conference. The 15 victories is a school record for Division I wins.

Heading into the game, Winthrop coach Bud Childers emphasized the advantage his team would have against the Bulldogs to his players and they responded. Winthrop scored 46 points in the paint. After managing just 18 points in the paint in the first half, Winthrop continued to push the ball inside in the second half.

"This was more workman-like than anything else tonight," Childers said. "We knew we had to get a win no matter what it took. Our goal was to get the ball inside and we were very successful at doing so. Yvonne (van Daalen), Tiffany (Rodd) and the rest of the shooters did a good job at passing on open jumpers to get the ball inside."

Winthrop opened the second half on an 8-1 run to lead 43-26 over the first 2:50. Winthrop consistently held a 13-16 point lead until UNC Asheville inched the lead down to just 10 points with 58-48 on an Ashton Barton 3-pointer. Ashley Haugtvedt answered with a 3-pointer.

Haugtvedt had hit just two 3s in her last 14 attempts. That one seemed to take the air out of the Bulldogs, allowing Winthrop to out-score them 14-6 over the remaining 5:45.

The Eagles held UNC Asheville to just 31 percent shooting. Barton led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but was just 6-for-20 from the floor.

Winthrop enjoyed its best game of the season from the free throw line, finishing 13-for-14. Haugtvedt and Fann were the only Eagles in double figures. Haugtvedt also pulled down six rebounds. Fann finished with five rebounds, an assist, a block and no turnovers.

Winthrop returns home to face Radford at 7 p.m. Saturday.