If game No. 1 is any indication, it could be a really enjoyable season for the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs and their fans.
The G-W women opened the 2015-16 season with a hard-earned, 66-65 win over North Carolina when senior guard Candace Brown converted a layup with 1.2 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs got a big boost from redshirt sophomore point guard Tierra Huntsman. The former Connersville Lady Spartans standout finished with 10 points, a game-high 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. She drilled a crucial 3-pointer in the 3rd quarter, part of an 8-0 G-W run that cut a 51-36 Tar Heels lead to 53-52.
Brown led the Bulldogs with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Sophomore guard Alexus Hill had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, and senior forward Olivia Parker finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Jamie Cherry topped the Tar Heels with 25 points, 5 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds. Cherry made a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left that gave North Carolina a 65-64 lead.
Gardner-Webb hosts Montreat Tuesday (11:30 a.m.) at Paul Porter Arena. The game is part of Education Day at the school.
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