No. 5 Clayton State women roll past West Georgia 76-48 in Heritage Bank Holiday Classic
MORROW, Ga. – December 29, 2011 – Coming off a 10-day holiday break, the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team turned up the defensive intensity with an impressive 76-48 victory over visiting West Georgia on Thursday in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic.
Clayton State, the No. 5-ranked team in Division II, improves to 11-1 overall with its eighth straight victory. West Georgia is now an even 5-5 after the first meeting between the two in-state rivals since the 2006-07 season. Clayton State will now battle Wingate on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Bank Holiday Classic at the Athletics and Fitness Center.
Wingate knocked off Lander 70-67 in the first game on Thursday.
The Lakers' vaunted pressure defense had its affect on West Georgia. Clayton State forced the Wolves into 33 turnovers while limiting West Georgia to 37 percent shooting from the field.
An early 10-1 run in the first half staked the Lakers to a 10-point lead. Back-to-back lay-ups by freshman Jessica Covington gave Clayton State an 18-4 lead at the 13:43 mark. The Lakers increased their lead to 22-6 with 10:07 remaining on a jump shot by Brittany Hall.
West Georgia was able to trim the deficit to 12 points, but Tanisha Woodard answered with a lay-up with less than two minutes remaining and Clayton State led 28-14 at halftime.
Twice, the Wolves cut the Laker lead to 11 points in the first seven minutes of the second half. But Clayton State responded with a 14-2 run to take control of the contest. Junior center Shannon Smith scored six points for the Lakers in the rally – all on lay-ups – as Clayton State built a 54-31 lead with 9:51 remaining.
A lay-up by Keona Dixon gave Clayton State its first 30-point lead, and the Lakers' largest lead was 32 points, 76-44 on a jumper by freshman Shadawn Clanton with 1:21 remaining.
Woodard scored a season-high 18 points for Clayton State, while sophomore center Shacamra Jackson scored 10 points. Covington added eight points for the Lakers. Clayton State never trailed in the game and had 34 points off the bench and out-rebounded West Georgia 43-36.
For West Georgia, Breonna Mosley scored 12 points and Valerie Jones scored 10 points.