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Southern Poly Women Take the Bite out of the Tigers

MARIETTA, Ga. – With both teams playing their third game in the past five days, the Southern Polytechnic State University women’s basketball squad moved to a perfect 5-0 overall on the season with a 95-59 romp over the visiting Voorhees College Lady Tigers in a non-conference game at the Hornets Nest on Tuesday evening.

By winning its first five games of the year, Southern Polytechnic matches the 2010-11 squad that finished 29-5 overall. In the 2009-10 campaign, Southern Poly set a school record by rattling off 16 straight victories to begin the season and ended 30-5.

“We played pretty good but at certain times it almost looked like we were playing at their level,” SPSU head coach Laquanda Dawkins said. “At certain points in the game I wasn’t real happy but then we eventually picked it up and started playing our game.

”After the Hornets got out to a 13-4 lead, Voorhees went on an 11-0 run to take its only advantage of the night, 15-13, with 13:15 to go in the opening half. Southern Poly led 44-29 at the intermission and the Lady Tigers never got within the 15-point halftime margin in the second half. SPSU’s largest lead was 75-36 with less than 12 minutes remaining and the guests could get no closer than 28 points after that.

The Hornets shot season highs of 49.3 percent (36-of-73) from the field and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from three-point range while Voorhees ended at 31.0 percent (22-of-71) and 28.6 percent (6-of-21), respectively. Southern Poly dished out a season-best 27 assists and outrebounded the Lady Tigers 50-39.

“We shot the ball well from the field and from the three-point line, so you can’t go wrong with that,” Dawkins said. “Ninety-five points is a lot of points and we’ll take the win.

”Junior guard Keairra Collins had a season- and game-high 22 points – making 7-of-8 field goals, including 6-of-7 from three-point territory – in just 12 minutes off the bench for SPSU while Quentessa Bullock, another junior guard, finished with season bests of 21 points, six rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Sarah Ogoke played a solid all-around contest with 18 points, season highs of 17 rebounds and eight assists, and a game-best five steals while junior forward Erica Turner collected 16 points and seven boards. Senior guard Ashlie Billingslea chipped in with a season- and game-high 10 assists.

“Ashlie gave people the ball who were open,” Dawkins said. “She’ll have nights like that. It’s good that she can find her teammates and get them in the game.

”While the Hornets stay undefeated, Voorhees falls to 5-3 overall. Southern Poly returns to action next Friday, Nov. 30 when hosting a Southern States Athletic Conference contest with the Spring Hill College Badgers at 5:30 p.m. The SPSU-Spring Hill men’s game follows at approximately 7:30 p.m.

“I wish we didn’t have a 10-day break right now, but it’s good for us to get some rest and get some individual work in to get ready for conference games at home,” Dawkins said.

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