2017-18 Women's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
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Left to Right -- Candace Rhodes, Deja Smith, Vanessa Calhoun, and Raven Brown
(22)Reinhardt University
Women's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 18, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (15-5; 8-5 AAC) trailed by 12 points after three quarters but outscored number 22-ranked Reinhardt University (18-3; 10-3 AAC) in the fourth quarter, 29-10, and defeated the Eagles, 67-60, in Wednesday, Jan. 18 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in West Point Park Gymnasium.  The teams split their two conference games this season.  Point moved into a third-place tie with Tennessee Wesleyan in the conference standings, while the loss dropped Reinhardt into a first-place tie with Milligan.


The Skyhawks only led one time in the first half, a two-point advantage 3:28 into the first quarter.  Reinhardt took a lead over Point with 6:07 left in the first quarter and held the lead for the rest of the first half.  The Skyhawks held the Eagle's largest advantage to seven points during the first half, and at halftime the Eagles led by only two points, 26-24.


Reinhardt increased its lead from two points to 12 points during the third quarter, outscoring Point 24-14 during the quarter.  The Eagles led 2:27 into the final quarter, but the Skyhawks went on a 12-0 run over the next 5:03 to take a one-point lead with 2:30 remaining in the game.  The Eagles briefly took a lead over the Skyhawks, but Point regained the lead with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter and held the lead for the remainder of the contest to secure the comeback win over the Eagles, 67-60.


Head Coach Tory Wooley said after the game, "Our players showed tonight why we feel we like we can play with anybody in our conference.  Their resilience to compete after being down by double figures in the fourth quarter shows why they believe in the process and in one another.  We enjoy playing against Reinhardt, and because of our history we enjoy the in-state rivalry that we have developed with them the past few years.  Reinhardt is a well-coached team and they deserve the top-25 ranking that they have.  It has been a great opportunity to get back-to-back wins against two top-25 teams, and if we continue to play better there is no limit of how far we can go together."


When asked about the outstanding performance of forward Vanessa Calhoun (SR/Rome, GA) late in the game, Wooley said, "Vanessa Calhoun was huge for us tonight and she played like a senior.  She has been a joy to coach the past two seasons, and her teammates love playing with her.  Her physicality on defense and points in the paint helped us remain undefeated at home."


Four Skyhawks finished with double-digit points during the contest.  Guard Candace Rhodes (JR/Stone Mountain, GA) finished with a team-high 18 points to along with four assists, two rebounds, and two steals.  Guard Deja Smith (JR/Baton Rouge, LA) chipped in 13 points, three steals, two assists, and one rebound.  Calhoun scored 12 points which all came in the second half and also pulled down three rebounds and stole the ball three times.  Guard Raven Brown (JR/Marietta, GA) finished with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.  Guard Alexia Manning (JR/Columbus, GA) led the Skyhawks with five assists.


Forward Bria White finished the contest for the Eagles with a double-double, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.  Guard Erika Woodfin contributed 12 points, five rebounds, two steals, and one assist.  Forward Rebecca Cheeks added nine points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.


The Skyhawks hit 23-of-56 field goals (.411), 3-of-15 three-pointers (.200) and 18-of-24 free throws (.750).  The Skyhawks were out-rebounded by the Eagles, 41-25, committed 10 turnovers and stole the ball 14 times.  Reinhardt made 21-of-48 shots (.438), 7-of-14 three-pointers (.500) and 11-of-16 free throws (.688) and committed 27 turnovers and stole the ball from Point eight times.


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, Point continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Saturday, Jan. 21 home game against Union College (13-7, 7-6 AAC) at 4 p.m.