MORROW, Ga. -- Behind the trio of Shacamra Jackson, Yishica Sims and Kiana Morton, eighth-ranked Clayton State cruised to an 89-61 victory Saturday in the Loch Shop Thanksgiving Classic at the Athletics Center.
The three forwards scored 59 of Clayton State's 89 points in the win. Morton led the attack, pouring in a season high 21 points, while hitting 9-of-15 from the floor. She also pulled eight rebounds. Sims finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Jackson came close to posting a triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks.
With the win, the Lakers improve to 3-1 on the season, while Tusculum drops to 0-6.
Along with Morton, Sims and Jackson, Bena Hanyard also finished in double digits with 12 points. She grabbed seven boards. Forward Andrea Benford added nine points, six rebounds and four steals.
For Tusculum, guard Shynese Whitener finished with 16 points, followed by forward Elise Coberly with 12 points and six rebounds. Guard Blakeley Burleson added 10 points.
The Laker defense held Tusculum to only 34 percent shooting (20-of-59) from the floor, while hitting 46 percent (38-of-83). Clayton State's defense forced Tusculum into 30 turnovers, while the Lakers committed 15. Clayton State held a 46-45 advantage on the boards.
No. 4 Nova Southeastern 92, Flagler 50
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- No. 4 Nova Southeastern routed Flagler to end play at the 2013 NSU Thanksgiving Classic, winning 92-50 at the NSU Arena on Saturday evening.
Danielle Robinson was 7-of-11 from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and made 4-of-5 free throws. She was one of four Sharks in double digits, along with Richelle Carach, who had 16, Jasmine Wilkins with 15, and 14 from Taylor Buie.
The Sharks outrebounded Flagler on the night, 54-31. Besides Robinson's 11, Wilkins added seven boards, Jessica Russi had six, and Amanda Burakoski and Ashley Robinson each chipped in with five.
Russi's six assists led NSU to a 20-to-7 advantage in that category, followed by four apiece from Wilkins and Alexis Murphy, and neither of the latter two committed a turnover. Russi and Murphy shared team high with two steals, while Burakoski had two of the Sharks' four blocks.
The Shark defense held the nation's second-leading scorer, Shorty Spencer, to just 10 points on 5-of-17 shooting, and the Flagler team to an overall field goal percentage of just 33.8 percent. Simone High and Shelbi Lindsey were the leading scorers for the Saints with 11 points each.