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 Candace Rhodes, forward Courtney White, and guard Deja Smith
Tennessee Wesleyan
Women's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 1, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (19-5; 12-5 AAC) defeated fourth-place Tennessee Wesleyan (12-11; 10-7 AAC), 67-59, in Wednesday, Feb. 1 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in West Point Park Gymnasium.  The Skyhawks have now won five consecutive games and currently rest in third place in the AAC standings with five games left to play.  The win also gave Point a measure of revenge against the Bulldogs, which defeated the Skyhawks, 60-56, Dec. 7.


TWU held a lead four different times in the first quarter, but the Skyhawks went ahead with 1:12 remaining in the quarter and never lost their lead during the remainder of the game.  Point outscored TWU 14-12 in the first quarter, 12-9 in the second quarter, and took 26-21 lead into halftime.


The Skyhawks opened the first 3:39 of the second half on a 15-5 run, giving them a 17-point advantage over the Bulldogs with 6:21 left in the third quarter, 41-24.  Point increased its lead to as many as 18 points 2:37 into the fourth quarter, but TWU responded with a 20-6 run over the next 6:47 to shrink Point's advantage to only four points with 31 second remaining in the game.  Although it was close at the end, the Skyhawks held their lead and were able to edge out the Bulldogs, 67-59.


After the home victory, Point head coach Tory Wooley said, "Our players really found a way to dig deep and come out on top tonight, which was especially difficult since neither team seemed to be able to find any type of rhythm early on.  Courtney White has been playing very well and is our team's anchor on the defensive side of the ball.  Her ability to rebound and alter shots makes us a better team.  Candace Rhodes was special for us tonight and she played like an all-conference player.  We have to continue to get better and play our type of team basketball."


Forward Courtney White (JR/Gulfport, MS) scored 20 points and secured a double-double in back-to-back games with 15 rebounds.  Guard Candace Rhodes (JR/Stone Mountain, GA) led all scorers in the game with 24 points and also added five steals and four rebounds.  Guard Deja Smith (JR/Baton Rouge, LA) chipped in with eight points, three boards, two assists, and one steal.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) finished the night with six points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals.


Guard Hunter Simpson led the Bulldogs with 19 points and also finished with four assists, two rebounds and one steal.  Guard Madison Walkup contributed 10 points, eight boards and one assist.


The Skyhawks hit 21-of-62 field goals (.339), 3-of-15 three-pointers (.200) and 22-of-25 free throws (.880), tied TWU with 43 rebounds, committed 14 turnovers and stole the ball 14 times.  Tennessee Wesleyan made 19-of-60 shots (.317), 5-of-26 three-pointers (.192), and 16-of-21 free throws (.762) and committed 20 turnovers and stole the ball from Point two times.


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, third-place Point University continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a Saturday, Feb. 4 game at tenth-place Allen University (10-13; 6-10 AAC) in Hodges, S.C., at 2 p.m.