Foster, Lady Hawks earn 10th SSAC win, 74-43 over SWU
By Matt Green
CENTRAL, S.C. – Robyn Foster poured in a game-high 17 points to lead Shorter University to an easy 74-43 victory over Southern Wesleyan in a Southern States Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Abbie Daniel hit three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points for the Lady Hawks (18-5, 10-3 SSAC), who won for the sixth time in their last seven outings. Shorter also completed the season sweep of the Lady Warriors (8-15, 5-10) after having scored a 75-48 win over Southern Wesleyan in Rome on Jan. 12.
Brittney Smith had nine points and 13 rebounds for Shorter, which used an 11-0 run in the first half to seize control of the game. Smith scored the first four points of that spurt as the Lady Hawks also got a 3 from Daniel and field goals from Damisha Moore and Megan Queen to take a 21-10 lead with 10:01 left until halftime.
Shorter led 38-20 at halftime and went on a 7-2 run in the opening moments of the second half to take a 45-22 lead. Southern Wesleyan never got closer than 18 the rest of the way as Shorter held the Lady Warriors to 23 second half points and 22 percent shooting for the game.
Foster continued her hot streak with a solid 7-for-12 effort from the floor. She made two treys and has now scored in double figures in eight of her last 10 games.
All 11 players that saw action for Shorter got into the scorebook. Shorter's big win came without much statistical production from All-America point guard Kelly Ellison, who took just three shots and finished with more fouls (4) than points (3) or assists (2).
Her presence on the floor was still a catalyst to Shorter's dominance. Ellison recorded several steals and held Southern Wesleyan leading scorer Janaye Gillard to eight points and 2-for-7 shooting.
The Lady Hawks are off until Thursday, Feb. 9 when they welcome Emmanuel College to the Winthrop-King Centre for a 6 pm tip.