2017-18 Women's Basketball
Record: 0-0 Home: 0-0 Away: 0-0 AAC: 0-0
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Left to Right -- Guard Deja Smith, forward Courtney White, and guard Brianna Jones
St. Andrews University
Women's Basketball - Sat, Jan. 28, 2017

LAURINBURG, N.C. – Point University (18-5; 11-5 AAC) defeated St. Andrews University (5-16; 2-14 AAC), 71-55, in Saturday, Jan. 28 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in Laurinburg, North Carolina.  The Skyhawks have now won four consecutive games and currently rank third in the AAC standings with six conference games remaining.


The Skyhawks led the Knights 6-4 with 8:20 remaining in the first quarter, but the Knights put together a 14-6 run during the rest of the quarter to take a six-point lead into the second quarter, 18-12.  St. Andrews led for the first 6:46 of the second quarter, but a three-point basket by the Skyhawks with 3:14 left in the quarter gave the Skyhawks their third lead of the contest, 29-28.  Point outscored St. Andrews 22-14 during the second quarter, and at halftime the Skyhawks led, 34-32.


The Knights scored the first basket of the second half to tie the game, but the Skyhawks retook the lead 57 seconds into the second half and never trailed again in the game.  The Skyhawks outscored St. Andrews 17-12 in the third quarter and led going into the final quarter, 51-44.  In the fourth quarter, the Skyhawks added to their advantage and led by as many as 17 points in the final two minutes of the contest.  The Skyhawks outscored the Knights 20-11 during the last quarter and wrapped up the victory, 71-55.     


After the road victory, Point head coach Tory Wooley said, "After a slow start, I thought the game changed when Schelbi McKenzie (SO/Stone Mountain, GA) entered the game. It is difficult to not pull for a young lady who has been through so much adversity the last 14 months, coming back from season-ending injury last season.  Her length and athleticism really changed the game, and with the help of her teammates we were able to cause 24 turnovers.


Like most teams around this time of year, we are banged up and we were down a few players, but the resilience of Courtney White and Catika Brown was special today.  Those young ladies along with the rest of the team have the heart of a lion.  Deja Smith did what a team captain does, and that is to simply show up and deliver.  Her long-distance shooting, scoring, and the ability to lead and get her teammates in the right spot is a coach's dream."


Guard Deja Smith (JR/Baton Rouge, LA) led all scorers in the game with 21 points and also added three assists, two steals, and one rebound.  Forward Courtney White (JR/Gulfport, MS) pitched in with 14 rebounds and 13 points to complete a double-double, and also had two assists and one block.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) contributed 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.  Guard Alexia Manning (JR/Columbus, GA) chipped in eight points, four boards and two assists.  Forward Catika Brown (JR/Lithonia, GA) grabbed eight rebounds to go along with six points, four assists, and four steals.


Guard LeeAysia Williamson led the Knights with 18 points and also finished with five boards, four steals, and three assists.  Guard Kayla Johnson dropped 13 points, pulled down seven rebounds, had three assists, and blocked two shot attempts.  Forward Ellen Dukes finished the night with a team-high nine rebounds, scored eight points, blocked two shots, and had one assist.  


The Skyhawks hit 27-of-61 field goals (.443), 9-of-21 three-pointers (.429) and 8-of-14 free throws (.571).  The Skyhawks tied the Knights with 37 rebounds apiece, committed 21 turnovers and stole the ball 13 times.  St. Andrews made 20-of-54 shots (.370), 2-of-21 three-pointers (.095), and 13-of-23 free throws (.565) and committed 24 turnovers and stole the ball from Point eight times.


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, Point continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Wednesday, Feb. 1 game against Tennessee Wesleyan University at home in West Point Park Gymnasium in West Point, Georgia, at 5:30 p.m.