basketball-women-d2 flag | December 18, 2013

Cox earns 250th victory as No. 7 Clayton State wins

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Clayton State picked up an important Peach Belt Conference road victory on Tuesday, and in process, captured a milestone victory for head coach Dennis Cox.

The Lakers defeated conference rival Columbus State 79-69 at Columbus' Lumpkin Center and Cox won his 250th NCAA Division II game. In his 10th season at Clayton State, the victory gives the Laker head coach a 250-50 record at the school. He ranks among the winningest NCAA Division II coaches in the country and reached the milestone with an impressive .833 winning percentage. 

In Tuesday's game, Clayton State held off a late Columbus State rally for the conference victory. After the Lakers led by 17 points, 65-48, with 9:09 remaining in the game, the Cougars cut the deficit to six points with 4:01 remaining.

Clayton State answered though as Laker forward Yishica Sims provided the offensive firepower down the stretch, scoring six of team's next seven points. She gave the team an 11-point lead, 75-64, with 40 seconds remaining. Coming off the bench, Sims scored a team high 20 points, hitting 7-of-13 from the field.

No. 2 Gannon 91, Mansfield 65

ERIE, Pa. -- To open Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) crossover action, No. 2 Gannon utilized a total team-effort to defeat Mansfield on Tuesday at the Hammermill Center. The Lady Knights improve to 10-0 on the season, while the Mountaineers drop to 0-9. The victory extends the Lady Knights' win streak on home court to 22 consecutive regular-season games.

All eleven Lady Knights managed to contribute offensively, while each posted double digits in minutes played. The Lady Knight reserves scored 37 points.

The difference in the game was attributed to the Lady Knights' shooting success. For the second consecutive game, the Lady Knights shot more than 50 percent from the field to open the game while their opponent struggled in the mid-20s. From the field, the Lady Knights opened the game shooting 57.6 percent (19-33) in the opening half only to match their effort in the second half with a 51.6 percent (16-31) to finish the game at 54.7 (35-64). The Lady Knights' 54.7-performance from the field was their highest shooting-percentage of the season.

Three Lady Knights reached double digits en route to the team's tenth win of the season. Junior Nettie Blake led the Lady Knights for the fourth consecutive game, registering 16 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Morgan Neighbors tied a career game-high with 15 points. Junior Brittany Batts added 12 points with a block and a steal.

No. 4 Nova Southeastern 103, Shaw 85

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern used an 18-0 second half run to dispatch the No. 24 Shaw Lady Bears on the second night of the 2013 Shark Invitational 103-85 on Tuesday from the NSU Arena.

The win marks the ninth consecutive for the Sharks (9-0), tying the program record set back in 2008. Shaw (5-3) had cut the NSU lead to 70-66 with 9:53 remaining, but the Sharks reeled off 18 in a row during the next 3:58 to move ahead 88-66. Danielle Robinson had three consecutive 3-pointers during the run, and Amanda Burakoski hit her sixth and final trey of the night to end the spurt.

In all, four players had at least 20 points for the victorious Sharks, led by Taylor Buie with 22, which included 5 of 6 3-pointers. Burakoski made 6 of 7 from behind the arc as part of her season-high 20 points, and Richelle Carach and Robinson each had 20.

Jasmine Wilkins was just a basket short of joining her four teammates, finishing with 18 on 8 of 12 shooting. She tied for the team high of eight rebounds with Jessica Russi. Russi had the Sharks' other four points, and was also again the team's main distributor, tying her school record with 15 assists on Tuesday, 11 coming in the first half.

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