MONTEVALLO, Ala. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball team used a 9-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to snap a 49-all tie and come away with a 69-62 Peach Belt Conference victory over the host University of Montevallo on Monday evening in Montevallo, Ala.
The league win was the first for the Pirates as Armstrong State heads into the Christmas break at 5-6 overall and 1-1 in the Peach Belt. Montevallo falls to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the PBC with the loss. Armstrong State will return to action on Thursday, December 29th, taking on Troy University in an exhibition contest at 7:00 p.m. in Troy, Ala.
The Pirates led the Falcons 19-15 after the first quarter, then both teams struggled offensively in the second quarter as Armstrong State managed just five points, but Montevallo only scored eight, leaving the Pirates with a one-point 24-23 advantage at the break.
The Falcons started off the third quarter on a 14-7 run to take a 37-31 lead midway through the quarter, but the Pirates battled back to tie things up at 45-all at the end of the third.
With the score tied at 49-all in the fourth quarter, a layup by junior Mercedes Jenkins started a 9-0 run over the next two minutes that included a three-pointer by senior Lauren Woods and back-to-back layups by sophomore Brianna Gipson and junior Machala Raymonville to take a 58-49 lead with 3:36 left. Armstrong State would sink eight free throws in the final minute and a half to preserve the win.
Jenkins led a trio of Pirates in double figures on the night with 14 points, adding six assists, five rebounds and five steals. Woods and Raymonville each chipped in 12 points.
Montevallo was led by Albanellys Perez' game-high 18 points, with J. Stubblefield adding 11 points and Haven Albright scoring 10 points.
The Pirates shot 41.8 percent from the field (23-of-55) but hit just 6-of-21 three-pointers (28.6 percent) and made 17-of-31 free throws (54.8 percent). Montevallo shot 38.3 percent from the field (23-of-60) while hitting 5-of-21 threes (23.8 percent) and 11-of-19 free throws (57.9 percent). Each team had troubles with turnovers as Armstrong State turned the ball over 28 times and the Falcons had 27 turnovers. The Pirates outrebounded the Falcons by a 43-35 margin.