Feb 13, 2013
Charlotte, N.C. — Saint Augustine’s University defeated Johnson C. Smith University 72-66 in a CIAA women’s basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Brayboy Gymasium by getting contributions from several players.
Guard Ebony Spencer (Jr./Chesapeake, Va.) led five players in double figures as the Lady Falcons (4-3 Southern Division, 11-11 overall) led early then held on late to maintain their grip on third place in the Southern Division. Spencer scored 16 points which tied a career high for her.
Forward Terri Jacobs (Fr./McDonough, Ga.) added 12 points and eight rebounds while guards Jeanne-Marie Wilson (Fr./Temple Hills, Md.) and Autumn Smith-Faulkner (Sr./Charlotte, N.C.) each scored 11 points. Guard Jasmine Cuffee (So./Norfolk, Va.) added 10 points including four free throws in the final 22 seconds to key the win.
It was definitely a team effort for the Lady Falcons, who dressed out 10 players due to injuries to two starters. The Lady Falcons needed production from each one to beat the Lady Golden Bulls (7-15 overall, 2-5 Southern Division) for the second time this season. The win also snapped a two-game losing streak.
“For them to come together, especially the fact we had two of our starters out, was huge,” St. Aug Head Coach Rachel Bullard said. “We knew [JCSU] would make run, but our girls never broke a sweat. I am extremely proud of them for that. It was a great team effort.”
Several Lady Falcons had moments that stood out. Early on, Smith-Faulkner set the tone by making her first four shots including a three to give the Lady Falcons a 23-20 lead.
Wilson and Spencer took over from that point. They sparked a 10-1 run to give their team some breathing room. Wilson started the run with a four-point play on a three-pointer and free throw after she was fouled on the shot. She added a layup and an assist to Spencer for another easy basket to extend the lead. Spencer recorded another steal and a layup to make the score 33-21. The spurt helped the Lady Falcons carry a 39-28 lead into halftime.
Spencer continued her stellar play in the second half. Her steal and layup followed by a three helped the Lady Falcons maintain a double-digit lead at 54-44 with 10 minutes left. The Golden Bulls, spurred by 16 points and 15 rebounds from LaKendra Wilkerson, went on a big run of their own to gain the lead. JCSU outscored the Lady Falcons 17-4 for a 61-58 lead with 3:19 remaining in the contest.
The game appeared to be slipping away from the Lady Falcons, who feature five freshmen and three sophomores, but they ended the contest with a game-ending run. Jacobs and Wilson both hit two free throws apiece to put the Lady Falcons back ahead 62-61 with 2:22 left. Porscha Walton (Fr./Chesterfield, Va.),who finished with six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, nailed a jumper and two free throws for a 66-61 Lady Falcons lead with 1:22 remaining. The Lady Golden Bulls got as close as 67-65 with 23 seconds left, but Cuffee made four straight clutch free throws to hold off the Golden Bulls.
The Lady Falcons will attempt to take the momentum from this win into Saturday’s rematch against arch rival Shaw at Emery Gymnasium on campus. Game time is 2 p.m.