Samantha Stallings – Sports Writer |
On Monday night, Samford’s women’s basketball team defeated Montevallo 49-45 in an exhibition game.
The starters for the Bulldogs were sophomore nursing major Taylor Reece, senior nursing major Hannah Dawson, junior sports administration major Shelby Campbell, senior family studies and child development major Jazmine Martin and junior psychology major Kendall Schwantz.
Two freshmen also got to start their college careers: fitness health and promotion major Krista Stricklin and pre-business major Lydia McGee.
Martin led the Bulldogs in the win with 18 points and six rebounds. Dawson scored 12 points with six rebounds. Schwantz scored seven points and Campbell scored five points with six rebounds and seven assists.
“This was a great learning experience,” Samford head coach Mike Morris said. “For our team, what we learned is that we cannot relax for a second. We can’t take a possession off. We have to do everything on every possession just right, or anybody can beat us.”
The Bulldogs pulled for an early 13-2 lead with 14 minutes into the game. Montevallo came back scoring seven points, dropping the Bulldog lead to 13-9. Samford came back and extended their lead to 19-9, but Montevallo answered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 19-17.
Samford extended its lead to 24-17 with 6:15 minutes left in the first half. Montevallo did not give up; they came back as close as one point from the Bulldogs, putting the score at 24-23 with 1:37 left in the first half.
The second half put the Bulldogs at a six-point lead with a three by Martin, putting the score at 31-25 with 17:39 minutes left in the game. At 10:13 Stricklin scored, but Montevallo fought back to put the score at 40-39 with 7:54 minutes left in the game.
Samford answered with a 9-0 run to take a 10-point lead and put the score at 49-39 after Reece hit a three-pointer. Montevallo ended the game coming back within four points of the lead, but could not get any closer.
The Bulldogs will open their regular season at Florida State on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.