MORROW, Ga. -- Trailing 59-57 with 8:50 remaining Saturday, seventh-ranked Clayton State went on a 17-0 run in the next three minutes for an 87-65 Peach Belt Conference victory against Georgia Southwestern at the Athletics Center.
The Clayton State duo of junior forward Yishica Sims and senior forward Shacamra Jackson came up big in the game-winning stretch. Sims scored all of her 10 points, which included two 3-pointers, and Jackson converted two old-fashioned three-point plays during the three-minute span.
Sims ignited the run giving the Lakers a 60-59 lead on a 3-pointer with 8:14 remaining in the contest. Jackson capped the stretch with a basket and free throw at the 5:52 mark, giving the Lakers a 15-point lead 74-59.
Clayton State pulled away later in the half, pushing its lead to more than 20 points on a layup by Jackson with 2:21 remaining and then to a game-high 24 points 87-63 on a free throw by sophomore guard Kayla Pryce.
With the win, the Lakers improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in league play. Georgia Southwestern drops to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the league.
No. 2 Gannon 74, Le Moyne 43
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Gannon rolled past Le Moyne 74-43 at Ted Grant Court in the Henninger Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Knights fired their way to victory, shooting 50 percent from the field compared to Le Moyne's 24.5 percent. The Lady Knights kept their win streak intact, improving to 9-0 on the season. The Dolphins fall to 7-2 overall, snapping a four-game win streak and spoiling an unbeaten record on home court.
Junior Nettie Blake recorded her second consecutive double-double leading to her fourth of the season off 18 points and 12 rebounds, tying a season high. Senior Kelley Sundberg reached double digits for the third time this season, registering 12 points along with four assists and two steals. Fellow senior Jen Papich tallied nine points with four steals and two blocks. In her first start of the season in a season-high 23 minutes, junior Mollie Sebald scored eight points adding two steals and two assists.
Only one Dolphin managed to reach double digits, as Alex Marple finished with 10 points and a pair of assists. Emily Greer recorded eight points including one assist, block and steal each. Kayla Stroman added five points with five assists and three steals in 38 minutes of play.
No. 5 Colorado Mesa New Mexico Highlands
LAS VEGAS -- Fifth ranked Colorado Mesa trailed 39-35 at the half but came out and outscored New Mexico Highlands 46-31 in the second half and came away with an 81-70 win against the Cowgirls.
After leading 16-5 early, the Mavericks then trailed until the 13:04 mark of the second half. Sharaya Selsor hit a layup followed by a Taylor Rock three ball to give CMU a 54-51 lead. They never trailed after that.
The Mavericks finished shooting 43.6 percent from the field, including 47.1 percent from behind the three-point arc, and 78.1 from the free-throw line. Colorado Mesa out rebounded the Cowgirls 46-30.
Sharaya Selsor finished the game with 32 points, six rebounds, and two assists while nursing a hurt hand. This is Selsor's third 30 point game of the season.
Taylor Rock finshed with 14 points and seven rebounds while Aubry Boehme finished with 16 points and six rebounds.
Giulia Simioni led New Mexico Highlands with 19 points.
Colorado Mesa trailed New Mexico Highlands at the half 39-35. The Mavericks shot 39.3 percent from the floor, including 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Sharaya Selsor led the Mavericks with 13 points and two rebounds.