2017-18 Women's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
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Left to Right -- Brianna Jones, Candace Rhodes, and Alexia Manning
Union College
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 21, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (16-5; 9-5 AAC) defeated Union College (13-8; 7-7 AAC), 84-74, in Saturday, Jan. 21 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in West Point Park Gym.  With the win, the Skyhawks remain unbeaten at home with a spotless 9-0 record, with three home games remaining in the regular season.  Also with the win, Point secured its third consecutive winning season.


The Bulldogs held a 4-0 lead over the Skyhawks two minutes into the first quarter, but the Skyhawks put together an 8-0 run over the next 1:12 to gain their first advantage of the game, leading 8-4 with 6:48 left in the opening quarter.  Point would fall behind more time in the first quarter, but they recaptured the lead with 4:51 remaining in the quarter and found themselves tied with Union at the end of the first quarter, 15-15.  The Bulldogs held a one point lead over the Skyhawks 52 seconds into the second quarter, but a three-pointer for the Skyhawks put them ahead, and they led for the remainder of the quarter.  Point's advantage was as great as 10 points with 5:05 left in the first half, and at the end of the first half the Skyhawks led the Bulldogs, 42-36.


Point scored the first two baskets of the second half and led by 10 points 2:30 into the half, 46-36.  Union put together an 11-2 run over the ensuing 2:54 to cut the Skyhawks lead to only one point with 4:26 to go in the third quarter, 48-47.  The Skyhawks responded to the Bulldogs run and finished out the third quarter on a 19-9 run, giving them a 67-56 lead going into the final quarter.  Point held a double-digit lead over Union for most of the fourth quarter and led by as many as 16 points in the fourth.  The Bulldogs outscored the Skyhawks 18-17 in the fourth quarter, but Point walked away with a victory over Union, 84-74.


Head Coach Tory Wooley was impressed with his team's play against a good conference foe, and after the game he said,


"Tonight's game was a great team win against a good Union opponent.  We were able to gain energy from our defense and wreak havoc.  I was very proud of our overall team effort and our mental preparation."


Four Skyhawks finished the contest with double-digit points, led by guard Candace Rhodes (JR/Stone Mountain, GA) who finished with a game-high 19 points, also adding five steals, three rebounds, and two assists.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) dropped 17 points, assisted her teammates five times, stole the ball four times, and pulled down one rebound.  Guard Alexia Manning (JR/Columbus, GA) contributed 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.  Guard Deja Smith (Baton Rouge, LA) also finished with 14 points to go along with four three-pointers, a game-high six assists, and one rebound.  Forward Courtney White (JR/Gulfport, MS) added a game-high 10 rebounds and eight points, and forward Raven Brown (JR/Marietta, GA) chipped in with nine rebounds and six points.


Forward Maci Spence led the Bulldogs with 18 points and also added five rebounds, one assist, one block, and one steal.  Guard Dannika Prater chipped in with 15 points, a team-high seven rebounds, and three assists.  Guard Cheyanne Stidham finished the contest with nine points coming from 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range and also chipped in four rebounds and three assists.  


The Skyhawks hit 31-of-72 field goals (.431), 8-of-23 three-pointers (.348) and 14-of-19 free throws (.737).  The Skyhawks out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 38-37, committed 18 turnovers and stole the ball 20 times.  Union made 27-of-57 shots (.474), 7-of-28 three-pointers (.250), and 13-of-16 free throws (.813) and committed 29 turnovers and stole the ball from Point six times. 


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, Point continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Wednesday, Jan. 25 game at Columbia College (2-12, 3-15 AAC) in Columbia, South Carolina at 6:30 p.m.