|East Mississippi women knock off host Mississippi Gulf Coast, 62-55, to tip off MGCCC Classic|
– The East Mississippi Lady Lions committed a season-low 15 turnovers in claiming a 62-55 road win over host Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday afternoon in the opening round of the MGCCC Classic played at the Weathers/Wentzell Center on the Perkinston campus.PERKINSTON, Miss.
The two-day classic concludes Tuesday with the EMCC women meeting Pearl River at noon, followed by a 2 p.m. women’s contest pitting host Gulf Coast and Pensacola Junior College. The Lady Lions easily defeated PRCC, 71-43, two weeks ago in Scooba.
In Monday’s tournament opener between EMCC and Gulf Coast, coach Sharon Thompson’s Lady Lions snapped a two-game losing skid by claiming their fourth road victory of the young season. Now 5-2 overall on the year, East Mississippi opened the 2008-09 campaign with road wins over Jones County, East Central and Hinds.
Rebounding from recent setbacks to East Central and Copiah-Lincoln, EMCC was involved in a tight contest against the home-standing Lady Bulldogs during Monday’s first-round tournament action in Perkinston. Returning to the Lady Lions’ lineup after missing last Thursday’s Co-Lin contest with a sprained ankle, sophomore point guard Kottia White of Jackson gave the visitors a 29-26 halftime lead by hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Despite trailing with three minutes remaining in the contest, the Lady Lions stepped up their defensive intensity and continued to take care of the basketball down the stretch. While committing but five second-half miscues, EMCC also benefitted from timely shooting from the charity stripe over the game’s final minutes to secure the seven-point road triumph.
“I’m pleased with our effort today because we competed for the entire 40 minutes,” Thompson noted. “It was nice having Kottia back on the floor, and it showed with us only having 15 turnovers in the game. We took better care of the ball and we made our free throws down the stretch when we really needed them. It was a total team effort today.”
Individually, sophomore transfer Angelique Burtts by way of Conyers, Ga., led a balanced East Mississippi scoring attack with 15 points. Sophomore Sanitra Bush of Starkville followed with a season-high 14 points, while White added 10 points for the winners.
|Last Updated ( Monday, 24 November 2008 )|
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