Women’s Basketball: Elon Phoenix v. St. Andrew’s Lady Knights

Women’s Basketball: Elon Phoenix vs. St. Andrews Knights

On November 20, 2009, the 1-1 Elon Women’s basketball team welcomed the 0-1 St. Andrews Lady Knights to Alumni Gym for their third game of the regular season.

The starting lineups for the two teams are as follows:

For the Lady Knights:

Guard, Jaquese Smith, Sr

Guard Brittany Roberts, So

Forward, Natia Gasque, Fr

Foward, SylveeUbiera, Fr

Center, Kayla McBath, Fr

For the Phoenix:

Guard, Kallie Hovatter, So

Guard, Ali Ford, Fr

Forward, Lei Lei Hairston

Forward, Urysla Cotton

Forward, Kelsey Evans, Fr

5:04 PM- Tip off, goes to St. Andrews

19:34 First points of game come off steal by Lei Lei Hairston and a fast break layup for Elon, 2-0 Phoenix.

17:32- Elon can’t start out hotter in this game. Getting points off the fast break and from three, they have a 9-0 lead. Lots of quick ball movement is helping the team find open looks both outside and inside.

15:42- Amedia timeout comes at a great time for the Lady Knights as they now trail 16-2. Only points have come off a pair of free throws by Jaquese Smith. Their team is struggling and showing it on their faces.

11:40- Elon is up 22-6. One of the reasons Elon is playing so well is their trap defense. Their guards are rushing the Lady Knights point guard when she is crossing half court and they are smothering every player when they get the ball, forcing St. Andrews to make poor decisions, resulting in turnovers that have proven to be costly.

9:46- 30 second timeout by St. Andrews, score at 22-7. The Lady Knights have done a better job limiting Elon’s fast paced offense, forcing them to slow it down into a half court mode.

6:22- After a long break in action when the power went out in Alumni Gym, Elon has now has 26-9 lead. They are pressuring St. Andrews on defense and getting a lot of steals as a team. The Lady Knights offense is flustered as they have yet to reach double digits in point total and are struggling to find any good looks on offense.

2:27- St. Andrews is now in the bonus as Elon has reached their fouls limit due to their aggressive play. After Brittany Roberts makes the first, she misses the second, but Natia Gasque follows it up to get a three point play. It is now 33-16 Phoenix.

At the end of the first half, the score is 33-16 Elon. The Phoenix had jumped out to an early lead and were on point from the get go thanks to great defensive plays by Lei Lei Hairston and some big threes by players like Ali Ford. The high tempo offense Elon was running threw the Lady Knights off guard completely and the Phoenix ability to put pressure on St. Andrews when they had the ball resulted in many turnovers. Hairston has five steals alone and Elon has a total of 12 in the first twenty minutes. Ford leads the team with points at the half with eight, while Hairston and Urysla Cotton each have chipped in seven. For St. Andrews, Natia Gasque and Brittany Roberts each lead their team with five points. The Phoenix have out rebounded the Lady Knights 27-21, have a higher field goal percentage, 31.7% (13-41) to 22.7% (5-22), and have 16 points in the paint to St. Andrews four. The Lady Knights did take advantage of the Phoenix’s foul trouble as they went 6-8 from the line in the first half while Elon only went 3-6.

2nd half- Elon gets the ball and takes advantage with Cotton getting an easy layup in the paint to increase the lead to 35-16.

15:17- Courtney Medley sinks her second three of the night to put Elon up by a score of 45-19. The Phoenix have been working back in their strategy from the early first half of spreading the ball around, making quick passes, finding the open player, and getting clear shots.

12:47- Julie Taylor hits two threes in a row for Elon as they are now running away with this game. The score is 57-19. Elon is on a 22-1 run. The Phoenix are controlling the game on both sides of the ball and St. Andrews has no answer on how to break Elon’s trap defense or slow down their high tempo offense.

10:24- Ford hits two threes for Elon and Tiara Gause gets another fast break layup to further the Phoenix lead to 66-20.

7:55- Media timeout. Elon leads 71-20. Elon is now on an outstanding 36-1 run. St. Andrews has not scored since just after the 16-minute mark. In worse news for the Lady Knights, Jaquese Smith, their best player in the game is down with an injury and is now out of the game. St. Andrews now only has four players out on the court because they have no reserves available on their bench. Smith enters back in the game though a minute later.

5:53- St. Andrews scores their first points in what seams like forever when Roberts hits a three for the Lady Knights. But Elon responds with couple of scores of their own as they increase their lead to 80-23.

4:52- Yet again Ford hits another three as she increases the lead to 84-23. It seams as though she cannot miss at all from deep in the second half. She is 5-6 from the three point line in the second half.

3:21- A media timeout. Score is 89-25. It looks to be over.

2:19- Elon continues to score at will and make the Lady Knights make mistakes as they now lead, 96-27.

1:17- It’s  now official and the crowd is going wild. Jermile’ Batten drains a 15 footer from the baseline to score Elon’s 100th point. The Phoenix now lead by 73, 100-27.

FINAL- Elon has an outstanding and amazing performance as the Phoenix defeat the St. Andrews Lady Knights, 104-27. Elon outscored their opponents 71-11 in the second half.

Statistical Leaders:

Points:             Elon- Ali Ford, 23                   St. Andrews- Natia Gasque, 10

Rebounds:       Elon- Urysla Cotton, 7            St. Andrews- Natia Gasque, 11

Assists:            Elon- Ali Ford, 4                     St. Andrews- Kayla McBath, Jaquese Smith 1

Greg Brzozowski

WSOE Sports




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