MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- Huntingdon
College's women's basketball team dropped a critical Great South
Athletic Conference match, 67-56, to Spelman College on Tuesday
evening in Roland Arena.
Junior LaTerial Williams paced the Lady
Hawks (9-15, 4-9 GSAC) with 16 points in the conference loss to
Spelman. Junior Whitney Toole followed with a double-double, 13
points and 13 rebounds, while senior Chalise Hopkins also recorded a
double-double with 11 points and 10 boards in the loss.
Spelman (8-14, 5-9 GSAC) outshot
Huntingdon 40.7 percent (22-of-54) to 29.4 percent (20-of-68) in the
conference win. Despite the loss, Huntingdon held a 48-47 advantage
on the glass while leading the Jaguars 17-8 on second chance points.
Williams led a struggling Lady Hawks'
offense with 11 points in the first period. Huntingdon was 0-for-6
beyond the three point arc, while Spelman hit 44.4 percent (4-of-9)
in the first half. The Jaguars also outscored the Lady Hawks 12-0
from bench points.
Spelman opened the game with five
consecutive points holding the Lady Hawks scoreless until the 15:47
mark. Senior Ashton Salter's layup started Huntingdon's 6-0 run
before taking a one point lead. A pair of free throws by Spelman's
Shanda Kennedy regained their second lead of the half, 7-6.
The Jaguars scored 10 straight points,
15-6, before Toole's jumper in the paint put a halt in the scoreless
streak for Huntingdon. The Lady Hawks continued to struggle scoring
in the first half (30.8 percent), while the Jaguars shot 44.4 percent
from the field in the opening period.
Spelman's sophomore Tiana Welch nailed
a 3-pointer giving the Jaguars a 10 point lead, 24-14, with 5:30
remaining. The Jaguars added to the margin up 33-19 with under two
minutes to play. LaTerial Williams scored four straight cutting the
Jaguars intermission lead to 10 points, 33-23.
In the second half, Huntingdon cut the
margin to 36-30 by outscoring the Jaguars 7-3 in the first three
minutes. Spelman's Shereva Lewis' 3-pointer extended their lead to
nine points, before Toole's layup trimmed the Jaguars advantage down
The Jaguars continued hitting
3-pointers converting on two straight to go up 45-32 with 13:00 left.
Senior Chalise Hopkins' layup with 8:14 remaining cut the Jaguars
margin below double digits, 50-41, for the first time since 14:56 in
the second period.
Huntingdon trimmed the Jaguars lead to
six, 55-49, after senior LaTarial Williams' 3-pointer followed by,
sister, LaTerial Williams' layup in the paint. After trailing by
eight points with under one minute remaining, the Lady Hawks cut the
deficit to five points but Spelman held on with a 67-56 victory.
Spelman was led by Kennedy and Welch
each with a game-high 17 points.
The Lady Hawks travel to Demorest, Ga.
on Saturday, Feb. 19, taking on conference opponent, Piedmont
College, for their final game of the regular season. Tip of is set
for 1 p.m. Central. Listen live to the game at