Covenant Women Win Big Over Wesleyan 80-38

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Led by 13 points from Ruth Gibson, 12 from Jessie Blankenship, and 10 more from Elizabeth Bell, the Covenant women's basketball team throttled GSAC foe Wesleyan 80-38 on Saturday afternoon in Macon.

The win for Covenant is its third in a row, all coming this week. The Lady Scots move to 10-8 on the season and 3-4 in conference play. Wesleyan drops to 1-14 and 0-7 in league action.

The 80 points ties a season-high for Covenant as the Lady Scots also scored 80 in a win over Johnson back in November. Covenant also tied two other season-highs with 24 assists and 34 made field goals. The Lady Scots committed a season-low seven turnovers and have only 16 turnovers in the last two games.

Covenant received contributions from up and down its bench as 10 different players scored and each player that dressed played at least nine minutes. Haley Soles and Kiaira Cooper chipped in eight points each, with Soles grabbing eight rebounds and Cooper adding four assists. Alexis Storteboom had seven points and seven rebounds while Beka Saylor, Jessica Chittenden, and Terah Hooper each had six points.

The Lady Scots jumped out to a 9-0 lead within the first four minutes of play after a Gibson 3-pointer. Covenant would lead throughout the first period and went into halftime up 32-16.

In the second half, Covenant shot over 58 percent as they continued to extend the lead out to as many as 43 points in the half.

Wesleyan was led by Kellie Bacon's 20 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Nevia Lewis tallied a game-high 15 rebounds for the Pioneers in the loss.

The Lady Scots held a 52-35 rebounding edge and shot 45.9 percent (34-74) from the field. Covenant limited Wesleyan to just 25.5 percent (13-51) shooting.

Covenant looks to keep its winning ways alive when they travel to Atlanta on Wednesday, Feb. 6 to take on Spelman. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Spelman defeated the Lady Scots 63-60 in overtime on Jan. 26.

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