Gardner-Webb defense keeps N.C. Central women winless
Gardner-Webb defenders registered 12 blocks, 14 steals and held winless N.C. Central to only nine made field goals on 17 percent shooting for the game in a 54-32 route of the Lady Eagles on Saturday in Paul Porter Arena.
GWU improved to 6-5 on the year, while the shorthanded NCCU Lady Eagles, who dressed only six players for the game, fell to 0-14.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs’12 blocks ranks as third most for a GWU team in the program’s 12-year Division I history.
The 32 points allowed by GWU is the second fewest allowed in a single game by a Runnin’ Bulldog team in its NCAA Division I history.
Freshman Candace Brown led the way offensively with a team-high 13 points for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, while fellow guards Jasmine Dale and Lana Doran added 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win. Freshman forward Olivia Parker pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots, while junior center Catrina Green tied her career-high with five blocks in the game.
For NCCU, guard Amber Neely recorded a game-high 16 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while Aja Hoyle added six points and five rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Forward Tisha Dixon hauled down a game-high 13 rebounds in the loss.
The Runnin’ Bulldog forced NCCU into 24 turnovers, outscored the Lady Eagles 21-8 in points off turnovers and 20-4 in fast break points.
GWU also outscored NCCU 26-0 in bench points and 28-16 in points in the paint.
Gardner-Webb’s Green opened the game up with a lay up down low at the 19:10 mark to five the home team an early 2-0 lead, a lead that the home team would hold from start to finish.