Lady Eagles suffer second conference setback losing to Wingate
The Wingate University women’s basketball team built a 22-point first half lead and weathered a second half rally to take a 63-47 South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory over Carson-Newman College Saturday night in Holt Fieldhouse.
The number one team in the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Region, the Bulldogs improve to 15-5 overall and 6-1 in the SAC. Carson-Newman falls to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in the SAC. Wingate is tied for first in the league standings with Presbyterian College.
Four players hit double digits for Wingate. Senior forward Shannon Proffit led all scorers with 14 points. Junior forward Emily Paffrath had another solid game with 12 points, four rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.
Wingate junior guard Tanetra Barrett netted 11 points, while freshman point guard Anna Atkinson had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Carson-Newman senior forward Giovanni Booker had 11 points for the Lady Eagles and was the only C-N player to finish in double figures.
The Bulldogs took a 45-25 at intermission. Wingate out-rebounded Carson-Newman 27-13 in the opening frame, including a 12-3 advantage on the offensive glass. Wingate won the battle of the boards 45-34. Seven Bulldogs had four, five or six rebounds. Nicole Avrett led C-N with nine boards.
A three-pointer by sophomore guard Kate Edwards put Wingate up 33-11 with 7:51 remaining in the first half. Carson-Newman went five minutes without a field goal in the first 20 minutes, as Wingate built a 15-6 edge into a 26-9 advantage.
Booker scored seven points of an 11-0 run to bring the hosts within 12 at 49-37 with 14:32 remaining in the contest. Wingate called time-out and put together a 9-0 flurry to take a 58-37 lead on two free throws by junior guard Petra Nagy with 8:30 to play. Carson-Newman would get no closer than the final score the rest of the way.
Carson-Newman hosts North Greenville on Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. while Wingate hosts Tusculum on February 4 at 2 p.m.