BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Gardner-Webb sophomore center Charlisa Jenkins set a new career-high with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, but the Runnin' Bulldog defense couldn't stop a white-hot High Point offense that shot for 61 percent in the first half, falling to the Panthers by a score of 84-65 on Saturday afternoon.
Jenkins bested her previous career-best of 13 points, set earlier this season against Southern Wesleyan on December 30th. She also led Gardner-Webb (10-13, 5-7 Big South) with seven rebounds. Tierra Huntsman led the team in scoring with 18 points, going 5-of-16 from the floor, including 7-of-9 from the free throw line.
High Point (10-13, 8-4 Big South) was led in scoring by Emma Bockrath, who tallied 27 points on 12-19 shooting. The Panthers collectively shot at a 51 percent clip throughout the contest, going 33-of-65 from the floor, including going 17-of-28 from the floor in the first half, a 61 percent shooting percentage.
Play was tightly contested in the opening minutes of the first period, with the two teams trading the lead seven times. Carley Plentovich knocked down a three-pointer with 3:00 on the clock to give the Runnin' Bulldogs a 13-12 lead, but that would be the last lead of the game for GWU as High Point would respond on their next possession, taking a lead on a second-chance basket by Taylor McGlashan.
High Point would go on a 10-0 run to close out the first period to lead by 22-13.
The Panthers would extend their lead to 15 points in the first two minutes of the second period, but an old-fashioned three point play from Huntsman with 7:32 on the clock would trim the deficit to 12 points at 30-18.
GWU would pull as close as 11 points with 4:10 remaining in the period after a made free throw by Jenkins set the score at 35-14, yet High Point would close the quarter with a 10-3 run to lead by 18 points at 45-27 at the half.
HPU would extend the lead to a game-high 24 points with 3:44 to go in the third period, but the Runnin' Bulldogs would trim the deficit to 18 points at the end of the period after a layup by Jenkins set the score at 68-50.
Scoring was balanced throughout the final period, with GWU pulling within 17 points with 2:47 remaining after a pair of free throws by Huntsman, and would go on to fall by 19 points at a final score of 84-65.
Gardner-Webb is next in action on Tuesday, February 14th as the Runnin' Bulldogs travel to Clinton, S.C. to take on Presbyterian College. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm and live video can be found on the Big South Network (www.bigsouthsports.com).