By James Vallone
ROME -- Late in the game, tied at 59, freshman Maggie Peeples hit a wide open 3 to put Shorter ahead for good. The Lady Hawks would hold on for the 64-61 home victory over the visiting Clark Atlanta Lady Panthers.
The Lady Hawks (1-1) were able to build a first half lead of 11 points with 4:16 remaining in the half, 23-12, before a run by the Lady Panthers knotted the score at 27 for the break.
Shorter was led by Kristin Nash with 12 points in the first half, along with Shelby Farrer who had eight rebounds to start the game. The second half would prove to be just as strong for the two players.
Clark Atlanta (2-3) was able to outshoot the Lady Hawks, 41 percent to 35 percent, but they were undone by going 0-for-10 from long range. Shorter was able to hit five 3-pointers to take advantage of the outside looks that were presented.
Nash would hit three of the 3-pointers on her way to scoring 17 points and pulling down five rebounds. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Lady Hawks would go 19-for-31 from the line, compared to the 5-for-11 for Clark Atlanta.
Farrer would end the night with a double-double in the home opener, 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Karisma Boykin, coming off of a 20-point performance at Columbus State, scored 10 points while dishing four assists.
Peeples would add four assists, with her 3-pointer accounting for her only points on the night.
The two teams will play again on December 8 at Clark Atlanta, with tip-off set for 3 pm.
The Lady Hawks will host Gulf South Conference rival West Alabama on November 29 at the Winthrop-King Centre with a 6 pm start time. This game will mark the first home game for the Lady Hawks versus a foe from the GSC while playing a conference schedule.