From Staff reports
The Dennis Cox era of Clayton College & State University women's basketball opened on a positive note Friday, as the Lakers pounded Webber International University 84-49 in the first round of the Wachovia Tip-Off Classic at the Athletics & Fitness Center.
Clayton State raced out to an early lead and never looked back, taking its first double-digit advantage, 16-6, at the 12:03 mark on a basket by senior April Taylor. The Lakers pushed their lead to 19 points, 30-11, at the 7:56 mark on a basket by junior Cynthia Conseil. Webber cut the deficit to 13 points, 36-23, at halftime.
CCSU took control of the contest in the early minutes of the second half, taking a 23-point lead, 48-25, on a basket by senior Jamika Hindsman. The Lakers led by more than 20 points for the remainder of the contest and pushed their lead to as many as 35 points on two occasions.
With the win, Clayton State will face Brewton-Parker College (5-0) in the finals of the Tip-Off tournament on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Brewton-Parker advanced to the finals, defeating the University of Alabama-Huntsville 97-77 in the other first round game on Friday. Webber drops to 4-5 on the season and will face UAH (0-2) in the consolation finals, beginning at 4 p.m. In addition to the two women's games, Clayton State's men's team will also participate in the Classic, hosting Webber in a 2 p.m. contest on Saturday.
The Lakers had a balanced attack led by Taylor with 14 points, hitting 6 of 11 shots from the field to go along with nine rebounds. Junior Carlie Anderson chipped in 13 points, followed by junior Jasmine Patterson and Jamika Hindsman adding 10 apiece. Hindsman also pulled eight rebounds and four steals.
For Webber, Jennie Persson and Shalunda Coleman each scored 12 points, followed by Mandy Wellen with 10 points. Coleman had a team-high nine rebounds.
Clayton State shot 47 percent (30 of 64) from the floor, while holding Webber to only 34 percent (18 of 53). The Lakes also forced the Warriors into 28 turnovers and won the battle on the boards 46-32.
Brewton Parker 97, Alabama-Huntsville 77: In the tournament's first game, Brewton-Parker jumped out to a big first half lead and held on in the second half to down the Chargers by 20 points.
BPC led 47-35 at halftime and was paced by the play of Ashley Little and Dannisha Winfrey, each scoring 10 points in the first half. The Barons forced the Alabama-Huntsville in 17 first half turnovers.
In the second half, UAH cut the deficit to 11 points, 79-68, on a basket by Jessica Russell but could come no closer. The Barons pushed their lead to 20 points, 91-71 at the 3:51 mark on a free throw by Little.
Little finished with a game-high 20 points, followed by Winfrey with 16 points. Trivia Richardson chipped in 15 points, followed by Tamika Drinks with 13.
Kellye Barr led Alabama-Huntsville with 15 points.
followed by Hillary Luna with 14, Julie Richardson with 11 and Dori Wimberly with 10 points.