Winthrop University

Winthrop women rout Charleston Southern

What does it take to be a good rebounder? Winthrop sophomore forward Erica Williams says it takes some single-mindedness.

“You just have to stay after it and say, ‘This is my ball’” she said after the Eagles pounded Big South opponent Charleston Southern on the glass and on the scoreboard in a 77-40 victory Saturday afternoon in front of 332 fans at Winthrop Coliseum.

Williams tied a career-high with 25 points and was one of four Eagles players with five or more rebounds as Winthrop (12-9, 8-4) out-boarded the Buccaneers (4-16, 0-11) by a 53-26 margin. Junior center Schaquilla Nunn led Winthrop with 12 rebounds.

“It was a great team victory,” Eagles coach Kevin Cook said. “We rebounded really well and, just as important, we really defended.

Freshman center Ezinne Mbamalu scored 10 points and added five rebounds, as all 11 available players for the Eagles saw action. Each grabbed at least one rebound and 10 of 11 scored.

“Our depth has gotten to be pretty good,” Cook said. “Our younger players are playing more relaxed. It’s important at this point in the season that we’re getting contributions from everybody.”

Charleston Southern, led by 10 points each from Rochelle Brophy and Tatum Jarvis, scored the opening basket. That was literally the only highlight for the last-place Bucs, who had broken a 10-game losing streak on Tuesday against Columbia International.

Charleston Southern hasn't beaten a Div. I team this season.

Winthrop raced to a 10-point lead at 14-4 on Naima Jackson’s jump shot about 10 minutes into the game.

The Eagles put together a 13-2 run shortly after that which put them in command 28-11. The Bucs scored just one point in the last three minutes and Winthrop’s lead was 34-12 at the half – the fewest points an opponent has scored on the Eagles in one half this season.

“It was just good team ball,” Williams said. “It’s fun when everybody contributes.”

Along with allowing a season-low point total in a half for an opponent, the Eagles held Charleston Southern to 15.6 percent shooting (5-of-32) from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Bucs struggled from the three-point line for the entire game, hitting just one of 16 tries.

Winthrop hit a season-high 89 percent from the free throw line, making 25-of-28.

NOTES: Winthrop played without starting senior guard Samiya Wright, who has a sore knee. Cook says he hopes she will be available for next week’s games…The Eagles’ next two games are on the road, at Campbell on Monday and at UNC Asheville Saturday. The next home game is at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 against High Point.

Winthrop 77, Charleston Southern 40

Charleston Southern 12 28 - 40
Winthrop 34 43 - 77

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (4-16, 0-11) Alise Karlsone 1-4 2-2 5, Brianna Lakes 1-3 0-0 2, Monique Maximilen 0-4 0-0 0, Tatum Jarvis 5-15 0-1 10, Alyssa Mann 3-12 0-0 6, Nayla Long 1-4 0-1 2, Marley Brown 0-5 0-0 0, Shauntavia Dobson 0-2 2-2 2, Alecia Hardy 1-6 1-2 3, Rochelle Brophy 4-7 2-3 10, Tamornay Harris 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 16-62 7-11 40.

WINTHROP (12-9, 8-4) Taylor Calvert 0-0 0-0 0, Erica Williams 9-14 7-8 25, Schaquilla Nunn 2-7 1-2 5, Aliyah Kilpatrick 3-9 2-2 9, Naima Jackson 3-4 0-0 6, Jimechia Banks 0-2 4-4 4, CiiCii Buford 3-7 2-2 8. Zoe Vernon 3-5 0-0 7, Pamela Decheva 1-2 0-0 2, Ezinne Mbamalu 1-3 8-8 10. TOTALS 25-53 25-28 77.

Three-point goals: Charleston Southern 1-16 (Karlsone 1-1), Winthrop 2-4 (Kilpatrick 1-1, Vernon 1-2) Fouled out – Charleston Southern: Brophy. Rebounds: Charleston Southern 26 )(Hardy 7), Winthrop 53 (Nunn 12) Assists — Charleston Southern 9 (Brown 3), Winthrop 14 (3 each for Calvert, Williams, Kilpatrick ). Total fouls — Charleston Southern 16, Winthrop 17. Technical fouls — None. A-332.