2017-18 Women's Basketball
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Left to Right -- Alexia Manning (24), Vanessa Calhoun (31), and Courtney White (35)
Columbia College
Women's Basketball - Wed, Jan. 25, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Point University (17-5; 10-5 AAC) defeated Columbia College (3-16; 2-13 AAC), 76-64, in Wednesday, Jan. 25 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in Columbia, South Carolina.  The Skyhawks have now won three consecutive games and currently rank third in the AAC standings with seven conference games remaining.


The first quarter contained three lead changes, but by the end of the quarter, Point held a six-point lead over Columbia, 18-12.  The Koalas outscored the Skyhawks 17-15 during the second quarter, but Point held its lead throughout the second quarter and led at halftime, 33-29.


There were six lead changes during the third quarter, and Columbia outscored Point 21-17 in the quarter to tie the game going into the fourth quarter, 50-50.  The Skyhawks started the fourth quarter on a 14-2 run that lasted for the first 6:52 of the fourth, and the Skyhawks held a 12 point advantage over the Koalas with 3:08 remaining in the second half, 64-52.   Point outscored Columbia 26-14 during the final quarter and walked away with the victory, 76-64.


Head Coach Tory Wooley said after the conference win, "I thought our players found a way to win tonight.  Playing on the road without a starter, I felt our other players really stepped up and played with the "next man up" mentality.  Vanessa Calhoun (SR/Rome, GA) and Courtney White (JR/Gulfport, MS) played big for us in the paint and team captain Alexia Manning (JR/Columbus, GA) also gave us great production tonight.  We still have to learn how to bring the energy at the start of the game if we want to compete at a high level in league play, but with five players scoring in double figures, I felt like tonight was a great team victory."


Manning led the Skyhawks with 16 points while also adding three rebounds, two steals, and one assist.  Calhoun finished the contest with 13 points, five rebounds and one steal.  White finished with 14 points, a team-high seven rebounds and added one steal.  Guard Candace Rhodes (JR/Stone Mountain, GA) tossed in 12 points; made 2-of-4 three-pointers, pulled down one rebound, stole the ball one time, and had one assist.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) contributed 10 points, three boards and three steals.  


Guard Briana Johnson led the Koalas with 16 points to go along with two rebounds, two steals, and two assists.  Center Erica LeBlanc chipped in with 15 points, a game-high eight rebounds and one block.  Guard Alison Sobataka finished the night with nine points, five boards and one steal. 


The Skyhawks hit 22-of-54 field goals (.407), 3-of-7 three-pointers (.429) and 29-of-37 free throws (.784).  The Skyhawks were out-rebounded the Koalas, 34-26, committed 14 turnovers and stole the ball nine times.  Columbia made 29-of-39 shots (.333), 1-of-9 three-pointers (.111), and 29-of-39 free throws (.744) and committed 16 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. 28 game at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, at 2:00 p.m.