Sophomore Chance Stewart led Newberry with 14 points off the bench.
Lady Indians bump Johnson C. Smith, 68-60, in game one of the NCCU Lady Eagle Classic
Homecoming ignites fire in freshman Chance Stewart
December 2, 2005
DURHAM, N.C. – The Newberry College women’s basketball team picked up its first-ever win over Johnson C. Smith University, 68-60, in game one of the North Carolina Central University Lady Eagle Classic this evening in McLendon-McDougald Gym. Indian sophomore Chance Stewart, a native of Rougemont, N.C., led Newberry with 14 points off the bench in a homecoming performance. Newberry boasted four players with double-digit scoring.
Newberry, who improves to 2-3 overall, got off to a slow and sluggish start as they fell behind 7-0 early on. After four minutes of play, the Lady Indians stormed back with a 7-0 run for themselves, thanks to Stewart’s back-to-back three point shots. The score stayed tight for most of the first half, with neither team leading by more than four. With 5:08 to go in the opening period, Newberry opened up a six-point lead, 26-20, and continued to widen the gap for the remainder of the half. The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Golden Bulls 13-5 in the last 6:00 minutes of play, including an 11-point, 33-22 lead with 1:51 left. Newberry went into the locker room with a 33-25 advantage.
Stewart led the Lady Indians with 10 first-half points, while guards Monica Alexander (Norcross, Ga.) and Laura Marquardt (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) chipped in eight and seven, respectively. Alexander also pulled down five rebounds for Newberry. The Lady Golden Bulls were led by guard Tiana Pope (Albany, Ga.) with ten, while guard Shemika Jones (Largo, Md.) added seven. Both teams shot well from the charity stripe, Newberry making 8-10 and Johnson C. Smith canning 8-11.
The Lady Indians kept the pressure on at the start of the second half, pushing the lead back into double figures. Forward Tonique Frasier (Walterboro, S.C.), who was held to just two points in the first half, produced an effective second-half of work, as did fellow forward Cortney Snowden (Augusta, Ga.). Alexander got the Lady Indians moving up and down to court at lightning speed en route to a 15-point Newberry lead at 46-31 with 14:07 to go. The Lady Golden Bulls responded with a 9-0 spurt of their own to close the gap to 46-40 with 11:22 remaining.
Newberry let their lead slip to five, 50-45, with 7:48 left on the clock, but the play of Frasier, Snowden, and forward Tygress Hope (Hephzibah, Ga.) proved to be enough. The Lady Indians kept the lead around eight for the final five minutes of action, outlasting a late Johnson C. Smith run. After fouls shots from Frasier, a Hope jumper, and an Alexander charity shot, Newberry made the score final at 68-60.
Frasier and Snowden paced the Lady Indians in the second half with eight a piece, while Hope added seven. For the game, Newberry was led by Stewart’s 14 and Alexander’s 12, Frasier and Snowden both contributing 10. Hope led Newberry in rebounding with nine, while Alexander grabbed eight and Snowden seven. Alexander also dished out six assists. Pope led Johnson C. Smith in the second half with 13, while center Whittney Barnes (Bronx, N.Y.) added nine second-half points. On the game, the Lady Golden Bulls were paced by 23 points from Pope, while Jones, Barnes, and guard Janai Jackson (Bowie, Md.) each added nine. Forward Rochelle Bodie (Raleigh, N.C.) snagged 10 boards, as Jackson and Barnes recorded eight and seven, respectively. With the loss, the Lady Golden Bulls fall to 2-4 overall.
Next up for both teams is day-two of the Lady Eagle Classic. Johnson C. Smith is scheduled to face West Virginia Tech at 4 p.m. while Newberry is set to take on host North Carolina Central at 6 p.m.
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