GSW Lady Hurricanes dominate MGS Knights on opening night

Published 12:53 am Tuesday, November 16, 2021

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AMERICUS – The Georgia Southwestern State University women’s basketball team defeated the Middle Georgia State Lady Knights 109-59 on Monday evening, November 15, in the Lady Hurricanes’ first home game of the year at the Storm Dome.

While GSW Head Coach Justin Payne was obviously happy with the victory, he was also very pleased that his squad was able to transfer the type of effort and style of play that it had been working on in practice on to the court at game time.

“I was just really, really proud of our girls. I thought we did a great job of really hewning in on our principles,” Payne said. “Throughout the game, we wanted to make sure that we stay in rhythm. Even though we were up a lot, we just wanted to make sure we stay in rhythm for other games. You could get lax so many times when you get up and we wanted to make sure that we were staying focused on our details.”

GSW senior point guard Yasmin Perez (#0) scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds, tallied two assists and had one steal in the Lady Hurricanes’ win over the MGS Lady Knights.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

GSW dominated from tip-off to the final horn and opened the Storm Dome with its third straight win of the season. The Lady Hurricanes never trailed in this game and their largest lead of the night was 54 points at one time.

The defense got GSW rolling in the first half, as the Lady Hurricanes held the Knights to 11 and 12 points respectively in the first and second quarter. The Lady Hurricanes used their defense to create their offense. In total, they forced MGS into committing 23 turnovers for the game and converted 27 points off those turnovers. By halftime, GSW had a 56-23 lead.

GSW did much of its damage from beyond the arc, tying the program record for most three-pointers made in a single game (12). For the game, the Lady Hurricanes shot 41.7 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 62.8 percent from the foul line.

GSW senior forward Dominique Jeffery (#32) scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in the Lady Hurricanes’ 109-59 shellacking of Middle Georgia State College.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The second half was much like the first, as the Lady Hurricanes dominated the boards with a team total of 67 rebounds. Of those 67 rebounds, 25 of them were offensive rebounds and they were turned into 21 second-chance points.

GSW (3-0) got point production from 11 different players, with Kayla Langley leading the team in scoring and rebounding for a double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds). Ava Jones and Alyssa Nieves followed with 15 points each and Simone Lett scored 13 points in the winning cause.

Kassidy Broussard led MGS in scoring with 14 points and Jessica Belcher chipped in 12 in the losing cause.

GSW senior guard Jolicia Williams (#2) scored seven points and dished out five assists in the Lady Hurricanes’ 109-59 drubbing of Middle Georgia State.
Photo by Ken Gustafson

The Lady Hurricanes will look to continue their hot start when they make the trek down US Highway 19 South to Albany to take on the Lady Rams of Albany State on Saturday afternoon, November 20, at 2 p.m.