SAVANNAH, Ga. - The No. 21-ranked Anderson (SC) women's basketball team used a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter and cruise to a 74-60 collegiate basketball victory over host Armstrong State University in the PBC-SAC Challenge on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
The Trojans finished the Challenge with a 2-0 mark while the Pirates went 0-2 against the two teams that played for the SAC Tournament title last year in Anderson (SC) and Wingate. In the other game of the Challenge on Saturday, Clayton State outlasted Wingate 73-72 in overtime.
Anderson (SC) scored the first seven points of the contest and built a 19-16 lead after the first quarter. Armstrong State battled back behind the play of junior Machala Raymonville, who scored 13 first-half points, including a layup with 12 seconds left in the half to give the Pirates a 33-32 lead at the break.
The Trojans opened the second half by scoring the first 10 points, building a 42-33 lead just a minute and a half into the third quarter, and led by nine, 56-47, at the third quarter break. That's when Anderson (SC) put the game out of reach, scoring the first 15 points of the third quarter over a five minute stretch, building a 71-49 advantage and cruising to the 14-point win.
Raymonville and senior Brigitta Barta led the Pirates on the day with 15 points apiece. Anderson (SC) was led by 20 points from Heather Jankowy, 15 points and 11 rebounds from Alexis Dillard and 19 points from Alexy Mollenhauer.
The Trojans shot 47.1 percent from the field (24-of-51), compared to 35 percent for the Pirates (21-of-60). Armstrong State hit just 3-of-19 threes (15.8 percent) while the Trojans hit 7-of-23 threes (30.4 percent). Anderson (SC) went 19-of-31 from the line (61.3 percent) and the Pirates were 15-of-21 from the stripe (71.4 percent.) The Trojans won the rebounding battle, 40-34.
Armstrong State returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Newberry for a 5:30 p.m. contest against the Wolves.