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Women's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 9, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University (21-5; 14-5 AAC) defeated Bryan College (12-13; 10-9 AAC), 75-67, in Wednesday, Feb. 8 Appalachian Athletics Conference women's basketball action in West Point Park Gym.  Point gained a measure of revenge against Bryan, which defeated the Skyhawks, 65-37, Jan. 3, the widest losing margin of the season for Point.


The Skyhawks have now won seven consecutive games and currently rest in third place in the AAC standings, one game behind second-place Milligan College, Point's next opponent.  With Wednesday's win, the Skyhawks now have defeated all 11 of their conference opponents at least once this season.


Bryan stormed ahead to take an early lead over the Skyhawks and led by as many as 10 points with 3:23 left in the first quarter, 14-4.  The Lions continued their scoring pace during the second quarter and led by 15 points 3:03 into the quarter, 28-13.  Point gained ground against the Lions, however, going on an 18-11 run to finish the first half, narrowing Bryan's advantage to eight points at halftime, 39-31.


Bryan led by as many as 12 in the third quarter, but Point outscored the Lions 18-16 during the third quarter and trailed by six points going into the final quarter, 55-49.  The Skyhawks opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run that cut the Lions lead to a mere one point advantage with 8:23 remaining in the game.  Point tied the game 4:20 later, and took its first lead of the contest with 57 second left in the final quarter, 68-67.  The Skyhawk's defense held the Lions scoreless for the remainder of the game, and completed the comeback victory over Bryan, 75-67.  


After the comeback win, Point head coach Tory Wooley commented, "Our players showed why they are special in tonight's victory against a great opponent.  I thought that our defense really stepped up, and the player's belief in one another and their commitment to stay positive through adversity granted them the victory.  We constantly preach staying positive, staying together and that believing in God will pretty much put you in a position to win in the game of lifetime."


Guard Alexia Manning (JR/Columbus, GA) scored all of her 15 points in the second half, made 3-of-5 three-pointers, stole the ball five times, assisted her teammates twice, and grabbed one rebound.  Guard Deja Smith (JR/Baton Rouge, LA) led the Skyhawks with 17 points, connected on three 3-pointers and had three assists. Forward Vanessa Calhoun (SR/Rome, GA) scored 12 points, collected a team-high six boards, nailed both three-pointers she attempted, and stole the ball two times.  Guard Brianna Jones (JR/Charlotte, N.C.) also finished with 12 points and also contributed a game-high seven assists and grabbed one rebound.


Center Megan Billingsby scored 18 points for the Lions and pulled down eight rebounds, and guard Amber Levi also finished the contest with 18 points to go along with six rebounds.  Forward Erisha Talley chipped in 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. 


The Skyhawks hit 27-of-57 field goals (.474), 8-of-22 three-pointers (.364), 13-of-15 free throws (.867), outrebounded the Lions 37-25, committed 16 turnovers, and stole the ball 14 times.  Bryan made 24-of-54 shots (.444), 6-of-17 three-pointers (.353), and 13-of-15 free throws (.867) and committed 23 turnovers and stole the ball from Point seven times.


NEXT GAME:  Coached by Tory Wooley, Point University continues its Appalachian Athletics Conference schedule with a crucial Saturday, Feb. 11 home game against second-place Milligan College (18-8; 14-4 AAC) in West Point Park Gym, at 2 p.m.  Four Point seniors will be honored on Senior Day – Brooke White, Vanessa Calhoun, Dareyelle Avant and Lauren Ware.