CHARLESTON, S.C. – Propelled by a fast start, College of Charleston women’s basketball ran past the Bulldogs of South Carolina State, 70-54, in their first game back to TD Arena following a lengthy four game road swing.
Head coach Natasha Adair made two changes to her starting five on Saturday afternoon, electing to begin the game with freshman Breanna Bolden (Edgewater, Md.) and junior Christy Hewatt (Cumming, Ga.), both of whom immediately justified their selection, helping the Cougars jump out to an early 15-4 advantage.
Bolden finished the game nine points and 10 rebounds, just short of her first career double-double, while Hewatt showed poise and a strong mid-range game en route to a 12 point seven rebound performance.
After Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.) gave the Cougars a 13-point first half lead over the visitors from Orangeburg, S.C., the Bulldogs climbed back in to the game, closing the gap to just four points as both teams made their way to the locker rooms at halftime.
In the second half, the Cougars played some of their best basketball of the season, shooting 43.8% from the field, led by senior Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.) who went for 16 points on the night. The Bulldogs did their best to keep it close, riding another strong performance by Kourtney Williams (20 points and 10 rebounds), but it wasn’t enough as eight different Cougars found the second half score sheet and the College steadily extended their lead to as many as 16 points following a face-up jumper from senior center, Deidre Ramer (Franklin, Tenn.) with just 2:18 left in the game.
That was all the lead the Cougars would need as senior floor-leader Jill Brown (Midlothian, Va.) slowly walked the ball up the floor, the clock showed zeros and the College celebrated their third win of the season.
Next up for CofC is a mouth-watering Monday matchup with the Patriots of George Mason University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
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• Senior point-guard Jill Brown dropped another six dimes on Saturday, moving to within four assists of a share of the programs career assist record. Brown now has 456 assists in her career, just short of Tonia Gerty’s 460, dished out from 2007-2011.
• Brown also played 38 minutes on Saturday, bringing her season average to 38.0 minutes per game.
• Alyssa Frye’s 14 three-point field goal attempts ties the school record for second most in program history. Frye also hold the top spot in that category after her 17 attempts last season against Elon.
• Highlighting the Cougars extreme depth, 11 players saw the floor against South Carolina State, a season low for the College.
• That depth has translated into productivity for the Cougars, who outscored the Bulldogs 29-6 in bench scoring. The Cougars have now outscored their opponents 138-95 off the bench in six games this season.
• The Cougars also dominated the low-block, out-rebounding the Bulldogs 48-39 as well as outscoring SCSU 26-16 in the paint.
• The Cougars are now 2-0 on home court this season.
College of Charleston Head Coach Natasha Adair
On the game…
“We’re a resilient team and we showed that again tonight. I’m proud of our players and our coaching staff; I feel like we came out today and played our game. We had to make some tactical adjustments because of the way that South Carolina State likes to play, especially off the bounce, but our team put forth a complete effort and again – I’m proud of them. It was also really nice to be home again.”
College of Charleston Guard Alyssa Frye
On her performance…
“I like the way we played today. I thought we defended well, and I found myself in a lot of positive positions on the floor. My shots weren’t really falling, but my teammates and coaches stayed behind me, supported me and told me to keep shooting.”
On Jill Brown approaching the school’s career assist record…
“It’s been a privilege to play with her, she a great teammate and a great person – no one deserves it more than she does.”
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