Boiling Springs, N.C.
- The Gardner-Webb women's basketball team pushed High Point to the limit
for most of the 40 minutes of play, however, the High Point Panthers scored 22
points off of 24 Runnin' Bulldog turnovers to pull away from GWU late and defeat
the Runnin' Bulldogs, 66-46, at Paul Porter Arena in Boiling Springs, N.C. on Friday night.
While the points in the paint were even for the game at 34
points apiece, the Panthers took advantage of 24 Gardner-Webb turnovers,
scoring 22 points off those miscues in the win.
GWU sophomore center Catrina Green had 13 points and seven
rebounds, while senior guard Brianna Dillard added 10 points and seven rebounds
for the game. Freshman Jessica Heilig hauled down a team-high nine rebounds for GWU in the loss.
For High Point, Cheyenne Parker recorded a double-double
with 13 points and a game-high 21 rebounds, while Erin Reynolds led the way
with 18 points, seven assists and three steals. Senior Shamia Brown also scored in double digits, as the
forward added 14 points and four steals in 40 minutes of play.
The Runnin' Bulldogs put the Panthers back on their heels
early, as GWU ran out to a 6-0 lead on a jumper by Dillard at the 17:42
mark. However, High Point
responded with a 7-0 run of their own over the next three minutes to take their
first lead of the game at 7-6 on a jump shot by Brown.
The two teams' would trade the score four times over the
next eight minutes of the opening half, until High Point went on another 7-0
run, this time capped off by a free throw from Parker, to take a six point lead
at 26-20 with 4:51 to go before the halftime break.
GWU cut the lead to two twice, once at 26-24 on a jumper by
freshman guard Eliana Scanlon and another time at 28-26 on a lay-up by Green in
the paint, yet struggled to finish the half out strong as High Point took a
32-28 lead into the break.
The Runnin' Bulldogs came out determined in the second half,
tying the score up once more at 34-34 on a backdoor lay-up by Heilig with 15:37
to go in the game.
However, the Panthers would scored on the next possession by
way of a lay-up by Parker and would not look back, pushing their lead out to
nine on several occasions over the next nine minutes.
Back-to-back baskets from GWU's Mayhana Dunovant and Jasmine Dale put the Runnin' Bulldogs within striking distance at 51-46 with 6:03 to go
in regulation, yet the Panthers went to Reynolds, who scored six of their next
10 points to help High Point pull away for the 66-46 win.
The Runnin' Bulldogs went the final 6:03 without a single
point, as High Point outscored GWU 14-0 during that span en route to the 20
Gardner-Webb out-rebounded High Point 46-40 and hauled in 23
offensive rebounds, which led to 13 second chance points.
However, the Panthers shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) overall
for the game, while GWU shot only 28.6 percent (20-of-70) overall.
Gardner-Webb (4-24, 3-14 Big South) will return to action on
Monday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host the Fighting Camels of Campbell
University on "Senior Night" at 7 p.m. in Paul Porter Arena.
High Point (17-11, 12-5 Big South) will remain on the road
to take on UNC Asheville on Monday night at 7 p.m. in Asheville, N.C.