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Exam week puts the brakes on Eagles hoops schedules

It is exam week at Winthrop, so the game schedule is quiet. The men's basketball team is off until a Dec. 20 game at Old Dominion. The women's basketball team had a game scheduled for Saturday in Atlanta against Georgia State, but both schools had conflicts and the date was moved to Jan. 27.

Women's coach Bud Childers would have preferred to play the game prior to the Big South Conference schedule, but not during exam week. Georgia State is playing in a tournament in Birmingham beginning Dec. 15 and will also be in the midst of exams. Both schools agreed moving the game was the best alternative.

• Women's basketball -- The Lady Eagles failed to hit a 3-pointer Sunday at the Winthrop Coliseum against George Mason in a 58-42 win. That has only happened one other time since Childers arrived at the school. Winthrop was 0-for-12 from beyond the arc Dec. 20, 2007, in a 66-42 loss at Wichita State.

Winthrop's top 3-point shooter, Tiffany Rodd, missed the game with a high ankle sprain. Jessica Fansler, Yvonne van Daalen, Ashley Cox and Tiffany Brown combined to go 0-6 on 3-point attempts in the game. It is a concern for Childers. He said five of the six shots were good looks that just didn't go in.

It was good for the Lady Eagles to find another way to win. They scored 24 points in the paint and another 24 from the free throw line.

• Transferring -- Asha Gwynn, a 6-0 redshirt freshman from Woodbridge, Va., has decided to transfer to Augusta State at the end of this semester. Augusta State is a Division II school and a member of the Peach Belt Conference. Gwynn has not played for Winthrop this year, and will be eligible to play immediately for the 2-3 Jaguars.

"We wish her the best," Childers said. "It's a good fit for her both athletically and academically."

• Track -- Winthrop junior distance runner Lisa Sickman captured first place in the mile run at the Appalachian Indoor Track & Field Meet held Dec. 5 and 6 at Appalachian State University. Sickman's winning time was 5:24.87 in the mile.

The meet, which attracted 10 schools, was the first event of the 2008 indoor season for Winthrop, which entered 40 athletes in 28 events.

Two freshmen, Brittney Davis and Tara Bowman, broke school records. Davis, a high jumper, cleared 5 feet, 2 1/4 inches. Bowman, a pole vaulter, set a new school standard with a 10-6 vault.

Here is a listing of Winthrop's Top 10 finishers:

Men -- 55 meter hurdles: Eric Kasunich (9th, 8.17 sec.); 55 meter dash: Keary Simms (8th, 6.57 sec.); 200 meter dash: Phil Jennings (9th, 22.58 sec.); 1-mile run: Dustin Ubbing (4th, 4:42.71); triple jump: Simms (6th, 47-02.50); high jump: Dexter Young (5th, 6-6); shot put: Travis Coleman (6th, 49-6.25); weight throw: Coleman (9th, 50-4)

Women -- 55 meter hurdles: Rebecca Holmes (7th, 8.50 sec.); 200 meter dash: Shardal Twyman (9th, 26.11 sec.); 800 meters: Megan Fulks (2nd, 2:32.78), Samantha Coburn (4th, 2:35.03); 1-mile: Sickman (1st, 5:24.87); long jump: Mariam Abdullah (4th, 17-9.5); Twyman (10th, 16-9.25); triple jump: Holmes (8th, 36-2); shot put: Quin Scott (9th, 38-8.75); Stephanye McCarroll (10th, 38-2.75); pole vault: Bowman (6th, 10-6); high jump: Davis (5th, 5-2.25).

• Giving back -- The women's soccer team spent Tuesday afternoon at Rock Hill's Children's Attention Home. Coach Melissa Heinz arranged for her team to bake goodies and bring gifts for the children. She said the visit "gives our kids a chance to give back."

According to the organization's Web site, the Children's Attention Home Inc., provides emergency residential shelter and supportive services for abused, neglected, and abandoned children who have been identified at risk of harm in their present condition of living arrangements, or if the child's parent or guardian cannot or will not provide safe and adequate care.

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