Lady Scots Falter At Home Against Greensboro

Saturday, January 11, 2014
Alexis Storteboom takes a jumper for the Lady Scots.
Alexis Storteboom takes a jumper for the Lady Scots.
- photo by Covenant College
Three players scored in double figures for the Covenant women's basketball team, but the Scots fell to visiting Greensboro 68-55 in USA South action on Saturday afternoon inside Barnes Physical Education Center.

Jessie Blankenship posted her fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Covenant. Alexis Storteboom scored 12 points and collected five rebounds, while Haley Soles buried four 3-pointers for 12 points.

The loss drops Covenant to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Greensboro improves to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in league play.

Storteboom led the Scots to a quick lead in the opening minutes of the contest. The sophomore had Covenant's first 10 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Scots took a 10-6 lead five minutes in. Covenant would lead by as many as five in the period after Soles drained the first of her four 3-pointers making it 14-9 with 10:04 remaining in the period.

Greensboro finished the half on an 11-0 scoring run that was capped by a Joslyn Spires jumper with eight seconds to go giving the Pride a 30-23 edge at the break.

The Pride continued their scoring run to begin the second half as they stretched their lead out to 12 after a Chevena Pickard 3-pointer with 17:47 left. Covenant climbed to within five points at 39-34 after a 7-0 run completed by a Blankenship jumper with 14:47 to go. However, Greensboro was too strong for the Scots as they pushed the lead out again and Covenant would get no closer.

Pickard led the Pride with 17 points and eight rebounds. Shanita Hampton tallied 15 points, while Spires, the reigning USA South Rookie of the Week, added 12 points and four assists. Greensboro had a 52-35 rebounding edge and shot 42.9 percent (30of-70) for the game.

Covenant connected on 36.8 percent (21-of-57) from the floor and 6-of-13 from downtown. The Scots turned 23 Pride turnovers into 23 points.

The Scots will be back in action on Tuesday when they host USA South rival Maryville at 5:30 p.m. inside Barnes Physical Education Center.

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