March 7, 2015
Rogers' Double-Double Can't Overcome 20 Turnovers For Women's Basketball In SAC Semis
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Top-seeded Anderson capitalized on 20 Catawba turnovers in claiming a 63-52 win in the semifinals of the South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Timmons Arena on the campus of Furman University. The Trojans improve to 25-3 and advance to Sunday’s championship game against Newberry. The fourth-seeded Catawba Indians fall to 18-11 and will await a possible at-large regional berth on Sunday night.
Jasmine Franklin led Anderson with 29 points. She hit on 13-of-22 shots and added five rebounds. Seirra Simpson followed with 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Terri Rogers (Burlington, N.C./E. Alamance HS) collected a double-double for the Lady Indians with 15 points and 18 rebounds. Bri Johnson (Statesville, N.C./N. Iredell HS/Belmont Abbey) chipped in with 13 points and Jada Huntley (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge HS) tossed in 11 points before fouling out. Johnson and Huntley each had seven rebounds.
The game went back and forth over the first 30 minutes before Anderson pulled away down the stretch. There were a total of 12 lead changes in the game and seven ties.
Franklin’s jumper with 9:01 left put the Trojans up for good and started a 6-0 run. Leading 49-45, Anderson scored nine straight points on the decisive push that put the regular season champions on top 58-45 with 4:40 remaining. Alexis Dillard had four points in the run, while Lesley Woods canned a three-pointer.
Catawba had taken a 28-27 lead to the break. The Lady Indians enjoyed the largest lead of the half after a three-pointer by Chloe Bully (Hannut, Belgium/KOL Landen) at 21-14. The Trojans battled back and took a 26-25 lead on a Simpson layup, but a free throw from Johnson at the 1:19 mark put Catawba up by its 28-27 halftime margin.
The Lady Indians held the lead early in the second half. Rogers put Catawba up 36-32 at the 15:29 mark after back-to-back jumpers. Simpson’s three-pointer put Anderson ahead 41-38. Serena Brown’s (Ft. Washington, Md./Bowie HS) layup and Alexis Newbold’s (Bowie, Md./Bowie HS) jumper pushed Catawba back on top at 42-41, but Franklin’s layup with 9:01 to go gave Anderson its lead for good.
Neither team shot well. Catawba hit on 31% for the game and just 28% in the second half. Anderson, who shot just 31% in the first half, canned 42% in half two and finished at 36%. Catawba was able to control the glass with a 53-40 margin, but the 20 turnovers did in the Lady Indians. Anderson made just seven miscues and scored 23 points off the Catawba mistakes.
Coach Morton on the game
“It’s always tough when you don’t win that last game plus with Bully being a four-year senior it’s very emotional. Today’s game was tightly called in the beginning, which was much different than our past two or three games. It took a couple of our players immediately out of the flow and we didn’t adjust.”
Morton on Anderson
“Anderson has had a great season. They are a great offensive team. Simpson ran their offense smoothly and like they do, they found a spot to make a big run.”
Terri Rogers on playing at Furman
“It was an experience to remember. Being here with the energy and the people was amazing. I definitely don’t want this to be my last visit here.”
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