WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pine Manor College women's basketball advanced to the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) semifinals with an 89-40 rout of Wesleyan College on Friday afternoon at Trinity Washington University's Trinity Center. The Gators improve to 20-3 on the season, tying the school record for wins in a season set during PMC's inaugural season of women's basketball in 1983-84. Wesleyan ends the season at 3-21.
The Gators will play host Trintiy Washington tomorrow afternoon in the second semifinal game at 3:00 PM. The Tigers advanced thanks to a thrilling 68-67 victory over Finlandia University. The winner will advance to Sunday's championship game.
Freshman Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.) scored a game-high 23 points and collected eight rebounds to lead Pine Manor. Sophmore Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) added 19 points, shooting three of seven from beyond the arch. Classmate Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) and junior Natasia Franklin also finished in double figures with 15 and 10 points respectively. Khiyana Isaac (Boston, Mass.) collected a game-high 9 rebounds for the Gators, who held a 58-39 advantage on the glass.
Jasmine Davis (Perry, Georgia) scored a team-high 21 points for the Wolves, she was the only Wesleyan player to finish in double figures.
Sybil Lynch closed out the first half with a buzzer-beating three-pointer to give the Gators a commanding 58-15 halftime advantage. The Gators' relentless full court press scored 34 points off of 25 first half turnovers, while adding 24 points on the fastbreak. Pine Manor finished the game with 40 points off turnovers.
In the second half, the Gators only outscored Wesleyan 89-40 but the 43 point halftime margin was too great to overcome as the Gators cruised to the 89-40 victory.
Fri, February 28, 2014
by Miles Roberts