Defense Shines as Trojans Roll Past Georgia CollegeDecember 8, 2012
ANDERSON, S.C. – The Anderson women’s basketball team forced a season-high 27 turnovers, as the Trojans wrapped up their brief two-match homestand by outpacing Georgia College, 73-52, in nonconference action Saturday afternoon at the Abney Athletic Center.
Anderson (6-3), which was coming off a six-day layoff, claimed its fourth consecutive victory and defeated Georgia College for the second time in seven attempts. The Bobcats, who were coming off a 17-day layoff of their own, fell to 2-3 on the season after dropping their second decision in the last three outings.
The Trojans converted the Georgia College miscues into 21 points, as senior guard Alissa Diaz tossed in a season-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Senior Tilde Ahlin added a season-high 15 points in just 19 minutes of action, while sophomore guard Lesley Woods netted a career-best 15 points. Sophomore Sierra Simpson dished out a game-high six assists and shared team-high rebounding honors with Ahlin, as both pulled down three boards.
Junior forward Krysta Lewis led the Bobcats with 16 points off the bench, while first-team All-Peach Belt Conference selection Shonteona Keys added 11.
The Anderson defense forced five Bobcat turnovers in the first four minutes of play and held Georgia College scoreless until the 16:31 mark, while the Trojans scored the first seven points of the contest. Ahlin dropped in four of her season-high effort during the breakout, but the Trojans were unable to completely capitalize, misfiring on their first four three-point attempts of the contest.
AU equaled the seven-point advantage on two more occasions over the next four minutes, before Lewis sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a trey from Ahlin to trim the Anderson lead to just 19-17 midway through the opening half.
But it was as close as Georgia College would get, as Ahlin and freshman Madison Floyd answered for the Trojans, draining back-to-back 3s to push the lead back to 25-17 with 7:38 left. Sophomores Jaclyn Moore and Woods closed out the opening half with a short jumper and a 3-pointer, respectively to give the Trojans a 39-26 halftime cushion.
Anderson opened the second half with a 13-0 run to double up the Bobcats, 52-26, and put the game out of reach with just more than 15 minutes on the clock.
The Trojans close out their nonconference schedule with a pair of road contests at Winston-Salem State on Wednesday, then visit USC Aiken on Wednesday, Dec. 19.