posted on February 27, 2013 13:59
MONTGOMERY, Ala-- The University of Mobile women's basketball team used a a big 3-point shooting advantage to take down Southern Wesleyan 66-64 a Southern States Athletic Conference Play-In game at the Cramton Bowl.
Mobile (16-14) advances to face top-seeded Lee University Thursday at 9 am.
Deonica McCormick led the Lady Rams with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with 5 assists and Molly Speed came off the bench to add 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
Ashley Cooper led the Warriors with 20 points and 16 rebounds.
The Lady Rams finished 7-of-15 from 3-point range compared to a 2-of-9 effort for Southern Wesleyan. Speed and Shaunette Battle each knocked down a trio of 3-pointers for Mobile. The Lady Rams also forced 22 turnovers and out shot the Warriors 42% to 40% from the field. Southern Wesleyan held a 40-24 edge in rebounds.
The teams traded buckets for the first 6:39, when Southern Wesleyan held a 12-11 lead. From there, Mobile answered with an 11-0 run over the next 3:42 to claim a 22-12 advantage. McCormick and Courtney Bayliss each tallied four points in the surge. Over the remainder of the half, the closest the Warriors got was within seven, but Mobile answered that by scoring eight-straight thanks to a pair of 3-balls from Speed. Mobile took a 39-24 lead into the break.
Mobile continued to dominate early in the final half, as another 9-0 spurt gave the team a 57-34 lead with 13:21 remaining on a bucket from Leana Tajkov. A Battle 3-pointer gave Mobile a 60-46 lead with 7:18 remaining, but Mobile scored only six points the rest of the way as the Warriors made a run. Southern Wesleyan cut it to nine at the 4:31 mark and got it to one possession with 47 seconds left, trailing 66-63. From there, Southern Wesleyan went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe and missed two shots and had a turnover.