Winthrop’s women return home on Tuesday night to face the High Point Panthers at 7 p.m. in a key Big South Conference matchup.
Both teams are coming off conference wins on Saturday, and only one loss separates the teams in the Big South standings. The Eagles are tied with Campbell in fourth place with a 9-5 in conference and are 13-10 overall following their 57-54 win at UNC Asheville. High Point is in second place with an 11-4 record and is 15-9 overall. The Panthers trail first place Liberty by three games.
High Point claimed a 81-55 decision over Winthrop in the earlier meeting this season on Jan. 10 and now leads the overall series 23-19. Winthrop has had the upper hand over the past two years, winning four of five over HPU, including the 2014 Big South championship game that sent Kevin Cook’s Eagles to the NCAA Tournament.
Schaquilla Nunn continues to move up the Winthrop career ladder in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots after she recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 37th of her career last Saturday at Asheville with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with six blocked shots.
With those numbers, Nunn has scored 867 career points, pulled down 835 rebounds and blocked 261 shots. Her 835 career rebounds ranks her 15th in Big South Conference history and she needs four more to move into 14th place. Her 261 blocked shots ranks her fourth all-time in the Big South and currently puts her in a tie for seventh in the nation this season with 3.85 blocks per game.
Nunn continues to lead the conference in rebounding with an 11.2 average which ties her for 12th in the NCAA entering Tuesday night’s game. She is the only player in the conference that is averaging a double-double this season as she is scoring 12.9 points per game.
High Point features two of the top four scorers in the conference in 6-foot-2 center Stacia Robertson and point guard Kaylah Keys, the preseason Big South Conference Player of the Year. Robertson is averaging 15.1 points to rank third behind Winthrop sophomore Erica Williams’ 16 per game and is second to Nunn in the league’s rebounding race with 9.9 per game. Keys averages 14.5 points to rank fourth in scoring.
Following Tuesday night’s game, Winthrop will travel to Gardner-Webb on Saturday for a 3 p.m. Valentine’s Day contest.