Runnin' Bulldogs snap streak, top Asbury, 76-41
The Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldog women's basketball team snapped their two-game losing streak in a big way, riding a strong second half past the Asbury Eagles 76-41.
The game started at a frenetic pace for both teams.
Each squad had a pair of turnovers, but Tabby Koerner knocked down a midrange jumper to give GWU a 5-4 lead. The Runnin' Bulldog defense sparked a 10-2 capped rub by a pair of Mayhana Dunovant foul shots. As a result, GWU grabbed a 15-6 lead with 11 minutes, 26 seconds left in the first half.
GWU (4-2) then began to hit the offensive glass.
Catrina Greene and Jessica Heilig scored on consecutive put backs while Heilig went to work in the paint. By the time she hit a runner in the lane, GWU led 25-12. Trenia Barbee tried to keep Asbury in the game with a personal 4-0 run, but Jasmine Dale answered with a deep three as the Runnin' Bulldogs doubled up the Eagles 32-16 at the break.
GWU opened the second half on a quick 7-0 spurt.
Heilig continued her good play with a fastbreak layup and Dale caned another three in the run. After an Asbury bucket, the run continued. Lana Doran converted a driving layup and Alicia Quinn scored on stick back.
The Lady Eagles then of long run of their own. When Barbee put the finishing touches on an old fashioned three point play, the GWU lead had been cut to 17 at 48-31 with 7:42 remaining. Olivia Parker answered with a three-point play of her own as the advantage was once again 20.
The teams then went on a long stretch of trading baskets until Doreen Richardson sparked an 8-0 Lady Bulldog run. The speedy freshman delivered three beautiful assist to teammates and then beat everybody down the floor for an easy layup. GWU continued to pull away late to account for the 76-41 final.
GWU had four players in double figures on the night led by Dunovant and Parker, who had 13 points apiece, followed by Heilig’s 12 points and Koerner’s 10 points for the game.
Quinn hauled in a career-high seven rebounds, one shy of the team high of eight pulled down by Koerner, which was also a career-high.
Barbee’s 12 points and nine rebounds led the Eagles, while point guard Laura Carroll added 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting for thegame.
As a team, the Runnin’ Bulldogs dished out 22 assists overall and outscored the Asbury Eagles 61-14 in points in the paint, 22-4 in fast break points and 40-12 in points off the bench.
Gardner-Webb shot a team-high 49.3 percent (34-of-69) from the field, yet was only 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from the free throw line for the contest.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs’, who held Asbury to 20.4 percent shooting (11-of-54), forced the Eagles into 22 turnovers, which included 13 steals and six blocked shots.
GWU, who out rebounded the Eagles 51-33 on the night, improves to 4-0 on the year when pulling down more boards than its opponents.
The Runnin' Bulldogs will return to Paul Porter Arena and attempt to stay unbeaten at home when they open Big South Conference play at 3 p.m. Dec. 1 against Coastal Carolina.