Colorado Survives Over Georgia Southern
Georgia Southern won the tip, but Colorado won the early lead, taking advantage of three Lady Eagle turnovers in the opening four minutes for a 10-0 lead. Off the bench, Candice Ivy (Roswell, Ga.) put the Lady Eagles on the board with a lay-up at the 15:28 marker. A made free throw from Janay Wilson (Warner Robins, Ga.) would be the only Georgia Southern point through the second media timeout as Colorado held a 12-3 advantage before senior Jessica Geiger (Stone Mountain, Ga.) sparked a 10-0 Georgia Southern run that would bring the Lady Eagles to within one point at 14-13. Whitney (Duluth, Ga.) nailed two three-pointers within the run that also saw a bucket from Ivy over five minutes of play.
A trip to the free throw line at 7:59 with two made attempts from freshman Kayla Dayton (Monroe, N.C.) gave the Eagles their first lead, 15-14. A steal by Samantha Williams (Kingsport, Tenn.) returned possession to Georgia Southern as Jamie Navarro (Naples, Fla.) was fouled by Meagan Malcolm-Peck sending Navarro to the line. Navarro, a perfect two from the line, gave the Lady Eagles a 17-14 lead. Scoreless since the 11:26 marker, Colorado returned to the scoreboard with a bucket from Malcolm-Peck. A knotted score at 17-all was erased with Whitney’s third trey of the half as Georgia Southern held a 20-17 lead with 3:53 remaining in the opening frame. But Colorado closed out the opening half with Brittany Spears and Whitney Houston baskets to hold a narrow one point lead, 21-20.
Coming out of the break, Navarro quickly returned control back to Georgia Southern connecting on two from the charity stripe. But the Buffaloes regained command with a 3-pointer from Bianca Smith before Houston scored five unanswered for a Colorado 32-26 lead. While J'Lisia Ogburn (Dublin, Ga.) picked up her first two baskets of the game in the mix, the 10-4 Colorado run left a 7-point game in favor of the Buffs before Meredyth Frye (Fredericksburg, Va.) connected on a 3-pointer for a 37-33 margin.
Colorado took a double-digit lead with a lay-up from Alyssa Fressle, but Whitney and Ivy cut the lead to seven, 44-37, with consecutive field goals. Colorado extended its lead to 53-39 with Spears’ third trey of the second half and fourth overall. Georgia Southern closed out the game on a 5-0 run for a final score of 62-50.
Senior Whitney led Georgia Southern with 11 points, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point land, and eight rebounds. The Lady Eagles improved on their free-throw shooting, going 15-of-23 from the line for an 65.2 shooting efficiency. Navarro set a career-high in free throws made, going a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. Ivy finished with seven points off the bench.
Recording 14 steals and eight blocks in the game, Colorado posted three players in double figures. The Buffs were led by Spears who picked up 20 points, three blocks and three steals. Malcolm-Peck and Jeffery followed with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Malcolm-Peck and Spears tied for a team-high seven boards. Jeffery led with a game-high five steals.
In earlier action of day one of the Omni Hotels Classic, Harvard defeated New Orleans, 60-57. Georgia Southern will face New Orleans in the consolation final, Saturday, November 28 at 4:30 p.m. (MST), while Harvard will take on Colorado in the championship game at 7 p.m. (MST).
- Category: Women's Basketball
- Published on Friday, 27 November 2009 23:08