Strong 2nd half helps Gardner-Webb beat High Point

Strong 2nd half helps Gardner-Webb beat High Point

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Trailing throughout the game and by as many as 12 points, the Gardner-Webb University women’s basketball team mounted a 2nd half comeback to defeat High Point, 79-72, Saturday in Big South Conference play. Gardner-Webb improves to 16-9 overall, 10-5 in the BSC. High Point is 8-15, 7-7 in the conference.

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Candace Brown: 24 points in win over High Point. (File photo by Tim Cowie, GWUsports)

The senior duo of Candace Brown and Olivia Parker led the Runnin’ Bulldogs, with Brown scoring 24 points, grabbing 4 rebounds and passing for 4 assists, and Parker scoring 13 points, pulling down 11 rebounds and blocking 7 shots, a career-high.

Morgan Ackermann scored 11 points for GWU and former Connersville Lady Spartan Tierra Huntsman had 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Evelyn Adebayo came off the bench to score 8 points, all in the 2nd half. Haleigh Hatfield tallied 24 points to lead High Point.

Shooting nearly 46 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Panthers led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-38 at the midway break. GWU kept pace thanks to 46.9-percent shooting, including five 3-pointers in 9 attempts, two of the treys by Huntsman.

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Coach Rick Reeves’ Runnin’ Bulldogs turned the tables on the Panthers defensively in the 2nd half, holding High Point to 13-of-39 shooting (33.3 percent) while firing away at a 53.3-percent clip (16-for-30).

An 8-0 run by GWU to open the 4th quarter helped the team outscore the hosts, 25-12, in the final 10 minutes to pick up the win.

Gardner-Webb hosts Presbyterian College Tuesday at Paul Porter Arena (7 p.m.). The Blue Hose beat GWU, 60-53, on Jan. 30.

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Notes: Huntsman opened the game by draining a 3-pointer but High Point ran off 14 consecutive points to take a 14-3 lead. Parker ended the run when she made a layup. … Huntsman scored 5 straight points in the 2nd quarter, a 3-pointer and a layup, cutting the Panthers lead to 25-22 and forcing the team to call a timeout. … Ackermann and Adebayo set career-highs in scoring.

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