By James Vallone
SAINT LEO, Fla. – With two players scoring new season highs in points, the Lady Hawks made quick work of the Ursuline Arrows, 58-37 in the St. Leo Classic.
The first half opened up looking like the game would be played close, with Ursuline clinging to the 13-12 lead with 9:32 remaining in the first half. That is when Shorter (5-4) went on a run to push the halftime lead to 25-18. The half was aided by 14 Ursuline turnovers, helping to offset the 29 percent shooting from the field for the Lady Hawks.
Nash would score the first six points for the Lady Hawks to start the second half. Ursuline would take advantage of a seven minute long 15-6 run to narrow the gap to 39-34. But Ursuline would go cold after Darria Baker hit s 3-pointer with 6:58 remaining in the game, as they would not score again. Farrer would score six points in the final seven minute to help the Lady Hawks distance themselves from the Arrows.
Shorter would shoot 36 percent in the second half, but took advantage of trips to the free throw line by going 8-for-8.
For the game, Shorter would score 27 points off of 28 turnovers by the Arrows. The Lady Hawks also went on to score 30 points in the paint and received 12 points from the bench.
Nash would add three rebounds and a team high three assists, while Farrer grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three blocked shots.
Lindsey Crawford had a strong game leading the reserves with eight points and seven rebounds, while also adding three blocks.
Laura Campbell led the way for Ursuline, scoring 13 points. Dee Erazo scored 12 points and recorded the game high 14 rebounds.
The Lady Hawks will be on the road, playing on January 3 at Wet Florida. The Winthrop-King Centre will be the site of the next home game on January 10 at 6 pm when Delta State comes to town for a Gulf South Conference game.