Jan 7, 2013
Murfreesboro, N.C. — Playing three road games in five days caught up with the Saint Augustine’s University women’s basketball team on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.
Appearing weary-legged at times, the Lady Falcons lost 62-57 to Chowan University at the Helms Center. After falling behind in the first half, the Lady Falcons climbed back in the contest but couldn’t overcome 28 percent shooting for the game. The shooting percentage and point total were season-lows. The Lady Falcons also committed 21 turnovers and made 17 of 27 free throws. Chowan was winless entering the contest.
“We have to be ready to play every night, regardless of our competition, and we were not ready to play,” St. Aug Head Coach Rachel Bullard said.
The Lady Falcons shot better in the second half, but every time they came within a basket of tying or taking the lead, Chowan responded with a run. The final spurt for the Hawks occurred at the two-minute mark. After freshman forward Terri Jacobs (McDonough, Ga.) completed a three-point play to put the Lady Falcons within two at 54-52, the Hawks ended the game with an 8-5 spurt.
Freshman guard Porscha Walton (Chesterfield, Va.) paced the Lady Falcons with 13 points and Regime McCombs (Greenville, S.C.) added eight points and four rebounds. The Lady Falcons (5-7 overall, 1-2 CIAA) lost their second straight despite outscoring the Hawks 29-15 in bench points and forcing them to shoot 38 percent for the contest. The Hawks also committed 28 turnovers.
The good news for the Lady Falcons is they will play their next five games at home inside Emery Gymnasium. They were away from home in 10 of their first 12 contests.
The Lady Falcons were sluggish early against the Hawks (1-11, 1-3 CIAA). They threw the ball away five times in the first six minutes to fall behind in the opening moments. The Hawks, despite sloppy ballhanding and poor shooting, led 23-16 before a layup by Morgan Mitchell (So./Atlanta, Ga.) trimmed the Lady Falcons’ halftime deficit to 23-18. The 18 points were the lowest in the first half this season for the Lady Falcons, who were coming off a tough loss two days ago to CIAA contender Elizabeth City State University in a game they battled hard.
The Lady Falcons never got into an offensive rhythm in the first half, making only 4 of 29 shots for 14 percent. The Hawks were just as frigid as they only made 5 of 23 field goal attempts for 22 percent.
The Lady Falcons also couldn’t find the mark at the free throw line in the first half, missing eight of 17 attempts, after getting in the bonus early. Pressure defense kept the Lady Falcons in the game in the first half. They forced scored seven points on 15 Chowan turnovers. The 23 points tied a season-low for a Lady Falcons’ opponent in the first 20 minutes.
The Hawks padded their lead in the second half. They opened the half on an 8-0 run for a 31-18 lead. Gaining confidence with each basket, the Hawks, who shot 52 percent in the second half, maintained control until about the midway point. The Lady Falcons scored seven consecutive points, capped by a layup by Terri Jacobs, to close a 10-point deficit to three at 43-40.
The Hawks responded by stretching their lead to eight points. The Lady Falcons clawed back in the game again by attacking the basket. Two free throws and a three-point play by Terri Jacobs put the Lady Falcons within two at 54-52, the closest they have been since the beginning of the game. Once again, the Hawks had an answer. They scored six consecutive points for a 60-52 lead in the final minute which the Lady Falcons couldn’t overcome.
The Lady Falcons will attempt to regroup on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in their first home game in over a month. Bowie State University comes to Raleigh, N.C., for a league game at 5:30 p.m.
“If you are a basketball player, you have to bring it every night and we just didn’t,” Bullard said. “We will try to bounce back and go from there.”