Vs. Presbyterian (2/4/03)
Presbyterian College junior guard Billie Haskins (Greensboro,Ga.) tallied a career-high, tying 27 points to led four players in double figures as the Blue Hose defeated the Converse College All-Stars 86-50 Tuesday night.
The first half started off slow with both teams taking turns holding the lead. The All-Stars led 13-12 at the 13:29 mark on a jumper by freshman guard Sophie Hofferberth (Bedfordale, Australia). The Blue Hose used a 23-2 run over the next eight minutes to take a commanding 35-15 lead. The Blue Hose run was highlighted by Haskins’ 14 points including a trio of three-point field goals.
PC pushed the lead to as many as 29 points at 46-17 in the closing minutes of the first half and led 48-22 entering intermission. The Blue Hose shot 46.5% from the field in the first half and placed three players in double figures led by Haskins’ 17 points. Redshirt sophomore center Lauren Yanik (Greer, S.C.) registered her third straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Rebecca Wessinger (Laurens, S.C.) added 12 points. Converse was led in the first half by Hofferberth’s 14 points.
The Blue Hose kept the lead in double figures throughout the second half as they used their deep bench and size advantage to keep the All-Stars in check. Converse struggled to shoot 37.5% from the field in the second half and were dominated on the boards for the game by a 54-33 PC advantage.
Haskins, this week’s SAC Player of the Week, continued her stellar play tonight hitting 11-of-14 field goals including four-of-five from three-point land en route to 27 points. Joining Haskins for scoring honors was Yanik with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Wessinger added 14 points. Sophomore>guard Sarah Woods (Florence, Ky.) came off the bench to add 11 points and four assists.
Converse was led by Hofferbeth’s team-high 16 points while sophomore center Lindsey Parker (Spartanburg, S.C.) added nine points and eight rebounds.
Presbyterian improves to 9-10 overall and extended their win streak to four straight. Converse falls to 2-15 on the season.
Ballard Receives “Player of the Week” For The Second Time
Melissa Ballard, a 5’7″ sophomore from East Henderson High School in Saluda, N.C., was named player of the week for the second time this season. She received the award from the team’s lone game of the week against North Greenville on January 30, 2003. Ballard scored 22 points to help the All-Stars’ to their second win of the season, 81-75. She pulled down eight rebounds, shot 8-for-12 from the floor, 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, and only committed two turnovers.
Ballard is the first female to become a repeat winner of the award this season. She was honored Friday at the Tip-Off Club’s weekly meeting at the YMCA on Pine Street. Former Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Cremins was the guest speaker.
Vs. Montreat (2/6/03)
Having five players in double figures was not enough for the All-Stars to hold on to a victory against the Montreat Cavaliers. Losing in overtime 94-97, Converse left knowing they let it slip through their fingers.
Converse lead the entire game but let Montreat stay within reach to eventually tie the game at 83 at the end of regulation. Sarah Rowan stepped up and ran off 5 quick points in the first minute of overtime as Converse lead 88-83. The Lady Cavaliers battled back and cut the deficit as they stepped up the defensive pressure that contributed to stops, and hit pressure free throws as time ran out. Down by three with under a minute to play, the All-Stars could not connect for the shot to send them into double overtime.
Sophie Hoferberth led converse with 26 points, Lindsey Parker with 24, Melissa Ballard with 19, Sarah Rowan with 12 and Kristi Faris with 10.