Winthrop last won a Big South women’s basketball season opener in 2014.
That streak is over.
Lynette Woodard’s Eagles knocked off Longwood 77-69 in the Coliseum Saturday afternoon, with the help of three double-digit scorers. Kem Nwabudu led the way with 20 points, Jah’che Whitfield added 19 and Miquela Santoro 10 to get Winthrop’s league campaign off to a positive start.
The Eagles (5-7, 1-0 Big South) hit just four 3-pointers, but they made 12 steals and forced Longwood into 22 turnovers. Nwabudu had three steals and Courtney Hagaman, Essence Cowan and Kayla Atkins each had two.
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A Mallory Odell 3 pulled Longwood (1-10, 0-1) to within a point of Winthrop’s lead (63-62) with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game. But the Eagles hit 10 free throws in the remaining time to ice the win.
Winthrop plays its third straight home game on Tuesday, Jan. 8 against Charleston Southern.