Brendan Shriver, Staff Writer
Wingate (18-3, 12-2 SAC) defeated Queens (4-17, 1-11 SAC) in a South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena by a final score of 68-51. After a tight first quarter, the Bulldogs broke the game open from there, shooting 46.3 percent from the field for the game and 63.6 percent from the field in the third quarter. Queens shot 43.5 percent from the floor for the game and 63.6 percent in the third quarter.
For Wingate, Caroline Averette and Zasha Barrett led the Bulldogs with 17 and 12 points, respectively, including Averette shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range and both shooting 5-of-9 overall. Marta Miscenko and Courtney Robinson also had fantastic games for Wingate, as they each grabbed 7 rebounds. Lade Adepoju led Queens with 18 points, scoring 18 points, including 12 after the first quarter and shooting 6-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
In the first quarter, Queens led for only 58 seconds, at 2-0 after winning the opening tip and scoring on their opening possession. Averette immediately answered with a three-pointer and Wingate never trailed again. It was a sloppy and low-scoring quarter and when the game was tied at eight, the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter up 15-8.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs got their first double-digit lead of the night at 21-10, forcing Queens to call a timeout. But after an 18-4 run by Queens and then and 8-0 run by Wingate, the Bulldogs went into the locker room up 30-22.
In the third quarter, Wingate took a 45-27 lead, representing their largest lead of the game. Foul trouble began to mount for both teams, as two players for the Royals picked up their second foul and Miscenko got called for her third. At the end of the quarter, Wingate led 52-40.
In the final quarter, Averette continued her hot-shooting night and on the defensive end, the Bulldogs drew a thunderous charge at the beginning of the frame. The fouls picked up at a rapid pace, as Queens finished the game with two players with four fouls. Taylor Helms (Monroe, N.C.) concluded the scoring for the night with a three and the Bulldogs then ran out the clock.
“A win is a win,” Bulldogs Head Coach Ann Hancock said. “We were a little rusty and not smooth for sure. Maybe not playing on Saturday showed up a little bit today. Some of our players have been a bit under the weather as well. We didn’t look really sharp but it’s good to get a win at home.”
This past weekend, the Bulldogs’ game at Tusculum (14-6, 9-5) was cancelled due to some Tusculum players having the flu. It ended up playing a factor into the way the Bulldogs played tonight, both due to the game being cancelled and also because some of Wingate’s players weren’t feeling well. Coach Hancock explained how the preparation changes when her team has players that couldn’t go 100 percent on any given day.
“You just do the best you can for whoever’s at practice. I thought Danasia played a really good game today. She hasn’t been at practice for the last three or four days. But she sucked it up and had a really nice performance. You just do the best you can and have a little bit of toughness and we did.”
Wingate will be at home against Lincoln-Memorial (13-7, 9-7 SAC) this Saturday at 2 p.m. Queens visits #3 Carson-Newman (22-1, 14-1 SAC) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Edited by Brendan Shriver