Rachael Robinson, Staff Writer
The Wingate University Women’s Basketball team, ranked #21, (24-4) took an early lead against the Newberry Wolves (16-12) as Danasia Witherspoon scored for the Bulldogs within the first 30 seconds of play.
The Bulldogs would never relinquish their lead, winning 65-42.
At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs found their way to a 17-6 lead against Newberry. By the end of the first half they had increased their lead to 30-17. The third quarter was controlled by Wingate again and their lead grew to 43-25 and In the fourth quarter, Newberry try to mount a comeback, but it was too late.
Wingate’s leading scorer on the season, Marta Miscenko, was locked down by the Wolves’ defense and held to four points during the game. Caroline Averette, Danasia WItherspoon, and Courtney Robinson were there to pick up the slack. Each was able to make it into double digits during the game as Averette lead the scoring for Wingate with 15 points and Witherspoon lead the Bulldogs in rebounds with 13.
Head Coach Ann Hancock said the game was easy on her. She wasn’t worried about the lead possession by possession. “I think they came out with a sense of urgency.”
Wingate came into this tournament after winning the last two SAC Championship Tournaments. Both teams were playing for a chance to play in the semifinals on Saturday.
“This is what we’ve worked for all season, to advance and go for the championship.” said Hancock.
Wingate ended the game with a total of 53 rebounds. Coach Hancock said, “It’s something we’ve been talking about.” She referred to the old saying and how her team uses it when describing their games, “O sells tickets, D wins games and Rs win championships.”
The next step toward the championship will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Furman University against Anderson University.
When asked about what the future holds Hancock said, “Anderson will be ready for us, and we’ll be fired up for them.”
Edited by Brendan Shriver