HATTIESBURG, Miss. – On Saturday afternoon in a Southern States Athletic Conference game, the Southern Polytechnic State University women’s basketball team remained unbeaten this season with a 60-52 victory over the host William Carey University Lady Crusaders at Clinton Gymnasium.
“It's tough to win on the road in the SSAC and we are off to a solid start,” Southern Polytechnic head coach Laquanda Dawkins said. “This group of ladies continue to amaze us. The character they displayed as a unit while on the road was unbelievable. They work so hard and are a fun group to coach as well.”
William Carey led by nine points, 26-17, with 8:59 left in the opening period before Southern Poly went on an 11-1 run, moving on top 28-27, and never trailed again. The Hornets had a 37-29 halftime lead and upped it to 41-31 early in the second half before the Lady Crusaders sliced the advantage to two points, 51-49, with 5:30 to go. SPSU pulled away down the stretch with another 11-1 spurt.
Both teams finished with 58 field goal attempts, but Southern Poly made 23 (39.7 percent) and WCU just 18 (31.0 percent). From the free throw line, William Carey was 10-of-11 (90.9 percent), compared to 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) for the Hornets. SPSU forced 21 turnovers by the Lady Crusaders, who ended with a 40-38 edge in rebounds.
“Defensively we are clicking,” Dawkins said. “Our rotations within our team defenses are solid. Our ball pressure is good as well. Our goal is to hold our opponents to 35 percent shooting from the field. I think we have done a good job of that.”
Junior guard Sarah Ogoke recorded game highs of 15 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots for Southern Poly while junior center Arnissa Galloway came up with 11 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Erica Turner added 10 points.
The Hornets move to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the SSAC while WCU is 2-4, including 0-2 in conference play. SPSU hosts a non-conference contest with the Voorhees College Lady Tigers on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. inside the Hornets Nest.