By James Vallone
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -– The Lady Hawks dropped the road game from Christian Brothers University, 47-39, to split the season series. Shorter won the game between these teams earlier in the year at home, 56-43, on January 12.
Shorter (13-10, 8-7 GSC) jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first half, with inside scoring from Shelby Farrer and Lindsey Crawford. But a 9:30 minute scoreless streak saw the Lady Bucs draw close and cut the deficit to two points with three minutes left before the half.
Christian Brothers (6-16, 3-11 GSC) took a short lead, but Tamarr Williams connected on a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the half to tie the game and Ieshia Alexander hit a 3-pointer of her own in the waning seconds to give the Lady Hawks the 22-13 lead at the intermission.
The second half saw Samantha Reeves for CBU take over as she scored 12 of her share of the game-high 14 points during the half when CBU outscored the Lady Hawks 28-17.
Each team struggled in the second half, both teams managed seven field goals apiece, but the Lady Bucs went 12-for-18 from the free throw line capitalizing on 14 Lady Hawk personal fouls.
Farrer topped the scoring for the Lady Hawks with eight points, followed by Alexander with seven. Farrer grabbed nine rebounds while Alexander pulled in seven and Karisma Boykin added six. Alexander went on to dish out four assists to lead all players in the game.
Breanna Ridgell recorded a double double for the Lady Bucs with 14 points and 12 rebounds for top honors in each category. Reeves pulled in eight rebounds and Amber Williams added seven to go with three steals.
Both teams shot 25 percent from the floor for the game, and each team totaled eight assists. Shorter held the advantage in bench scoring, 14-9, helped by four points each from Chelsi Matthews and Crawford.
The Lady Hawks will play the final home game for the season this upcoming Thursday, February 21 at 6 pm. The game will be Senior Night when North Alabama comes to the Winthrop-King Centre for a Gulf South Conference game.