By Joshua C. Jackson, Sports Information Director
New Orleans, Louisiana-Edward Waters’ stifling defense and inside presence was able to carry the day en route to their first Gulf Coast Athletic Conference victory of the season, a 72-66 overtime win over (RV) Rust in Day Two of their GCAC Round-Up at the Xavier Convocation Center on Wednesday afternoon.
The win for the Lady Tigers (2-3, 1-1 GCAC) snapped a two-game losing streak, while also snapping a six-game win streak for the Lady Bearcats (6-1, 1-1 GCAC) and knocked the conference leaders from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Wednesday’s first quarter was back and forth and tied at five at the 6:34 mark. EWC closed the quarter on a 14-5 run to take a 19-10 lead at its end. The Lady Tigers were able to get a litte more separation from Rust in the second quarter, leading by as much as 11 points. Ultimately, the Purple & Orange took a 35-27 lead into the locker room.
Rust came out swinging in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 10-2 run, taking a 39-37 lead with just over six minutes left. The Lady Bearcats led by as much as six in the quarter before EWC was able to make a run of their own, cutting the Lady Bearcats lead to one at 47-46 at the end of the quarter. The Lady Tigers carried the momentum into the fourth quarter, tying the contest at 55-55 with 6:46 left in regulation. Rust was able to retake and extend their lead to as much as six points with 2:44 left before EWC went on another run. With Rust leading by two with :39 remaining in the fourth, junior guard Teiyahna Hutchinson was fouled sending her to the free throw line, where she calmly sank both attempts to tie the game for the seventh time in the contest at 63-63. Rust had a good look at the basket with :10 remaining, but the potential game-winner careened off the rim, sending the game info overtime.
Edward Waters was dominant in the extra frame, starting on a 7-0 run to take a 70-63 lead with 2:11 remaining. The Lady Bearcats could only get as close as four points of the lead, before the Purple & Orange were able to get some distance to close the game in style and earn a much needed conference victory.
The Lady Tigers’ defensive effort, held a potent Rust offensive attack to just 33% shooting from the floor and 26% from three. EWC shot 39% from the floor and 37% from the bonus sphere themselves. They also forced 25 Rust turnovers and outrebounded the Lady Bearcats 44-37 in the contest.
Junior center Emari Bell had her most dominant effort of the season in Wednesday’s game. The Division I transfer notched her first double-double effort of the year, while posting season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Senior center Le’Terra Ransom finished in double figures with 12 points, while junior guard Teiyahna Hutchinson had 11 for Edward Waters.
Rust had three players in double figures in the contest, led by Shay Johnson with 16 points, followed by Katie Blackmon with 15, and Jasmine Coleman with 13.
Edward Waters will conclude the New Orleans Round-Up on Thursday afternoon against Xavier at 2:30pm CST/3:30pm EST at the Convocation Center.
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