Women’s basketball splits home tourney

Samantha StallingsSports Writer |

The Samford women’s basketball team went 1-1 in the Samford Thanksgiving Classic this weekend with a win to start the tournament and a loss to end it.

The Bulldogs started off the weekend with a 49-19 win over Alabama State.

Two freshmen, exercise science major Ashli Mayes and sports medicine major Rebecca Webster, got their first starts at home. Redshirt freshman psychology major KeKe Fletcher got her first start at home as well after being injured last year.

Samford set a record by allowing their opponent ASU to gain only 19 points in the first game of the tournament for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs were led by senior family studies and child development major Jazmine Martin with 14 points, junior sports administration major Shelby Campbell with eight points and sophomore nursing major Taylor Reece who also scored eight points. Campbell had five rebounds and Reece had four assists.

Samford started the game with a 9-0 run with 13:30 left in the first half. The run ended with a free throw from Dawson.

With 10:30 left in the first half, Alabama State scored its first basket of the night, making the game 9-2.

Samford came back with a 10-0 run, making the score 20-2 with 3:38 left in the first.

Going into the half, the Bulldogs led Alabama State 23-4.

Opening up the second half, Samford went on an 18-2 run putting the score at 39-6 with 9:17 left in the game.

Alabama State tried coming back, but time got the best of them and left Samford with the 49-19 win.

The second game of the tournament was on Saturday and the Bulldogs lost to Tennessee State 57-40.

“We are disappointed we lost to Tennessee State, we were hoping to win but it’s early in the year,” head coach Mike Morris said. “We got a lot of people in different roles and different responsibilities. We’re growing, and hopefully we grow from this experience.”

Tennessee State came out early with a 9-4 lead with 19:30 left to play in the first half. Samford came back with a 9-2 run to take a 15-13 lead, helped by a jumper by junior psychology major Kendall Schwantz.

Samford and TSU went back and forth for the rest of the half, but at halftime the Tigers were leading 25-23.

Tennessee State came out of the second half pushing its lead up to 35-27 with 13:13 to go in the game.

Samford came back and cut TSU’s lead to 3 with the help of a three-pointer by Reece, putting the score at 38-35 with 9:03 left in the game.

That is as close as the Bulldogs could get to the Tigers, though. Tennessee State won the game 57-40.

“In the Alabama State game, we played really well defensively and that was what helped us to win,” Reece said. “Against Tennessee State, we didn’t hit shots very well so we definitely got to work on that, but that will be a learning experience and there is a lot we can take away from that.”

The Bulldogs (3-2) next host the Terriers of Wofford College Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. It is the second game of a double-header, as the men’s team will host Georgia Southern at noon.

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