A cold second quarter leads to a loss for the Lady Hurricanes

Published 3:33 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018

By Staff Reports


TUSKEGEE, AL – The Georgia Southwestern State University women’s basketball team (3-2) could only muster five points in the second quarter, and it led to a 69-53 loss to Tuskegee University on Wednesday, November 28.

GSW started slow in the first quarter as they couldn’t get on the board and were trailing 9-0. After a quick timeout, Kayla Smith scored the first basket for GSW with 7:12 left in the first quarter. With 4:37 left in the quarter, Lex Chatman’s three-pointer tied the score at 12-12. That three-pointer lifted GSW’s offense, and the Lady Hurricanes ended up leading 19-16 by the end of the first quarter.

However, things changed in the second quarter as the Lady Hurricanes went cold from the field. GSW only shot 12.5 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from beyond the arc. Morgan Towells hit a three-pointer, along with a basket by Chatman. Those five points would be the only points the Lady Hurricanes would score in the second quarter. In a matter of 10 minutes, the Golden Tigers (5-1) scored 16 points in the second quarter to push their lead to 32-24 at halftime.

The Lady Hurricanes scored 19 points in the third quarter, but still trailed Tuskegee 53-43 going into the fourth quarter. The Lady Hurricanes went 22-70 from the floor for the game, shooting 31.4 percent. The Golden Tigers, on the other hand, shot 24-47 from the field (51.1 percent). GSW was able to hit five three-pointers in the game to Tuskegee’s none. The Lady Hurricanes also forced 21 turnovers on the night, but only scored 14 points off those turnovers.

Towells and Smith led the way for the Lady Hurricanes with 12 points each. Chatman was also in double-figures. She scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and had two steals.

GSW opens up Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday, December 1, when they travel to Aiken, SC to take on the Lady Pacers of the University of South Carolina Aiken. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.