Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lady Pirates Claim 70-58 Win Over Edward Waters

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Freshman Mauri Wells notched season highs with 17 points and 12 rebounds as the Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball squad collected a 70-58 win over Edward Waters College on Tuesday evening at Alumni Arena.

Wells and the Lady Pirates (3-2) used a huge night on the boards to build a big lead over the Lady Tigers (3-8), then hold on for the victory. Armstrong out-rebounded Edward Waters, 54-29, including a 22-11 edge in offensive rebounds.

The Lady Pirates ended the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-23 lead into halftime. Armstrong extended that lead to 23 on a Wells jumper with 5:30 left with a 67-44 lead and held on through a three-and-a-half minute scoreless streak at the end for the 12-point victory.

"I thought in the first half, we played some pretty good basketball," Armstrong head coach Matt Schmidt said. "That helped us gain some confidence going into halftime.

"Our big thing the entire week was that we needed to outrebound them," Schmidt said. "The team goal was to win the battle on the boards in order to win the game."

Wells hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor en route to her game-high 17 points. The true freshman was not alone in collecting a double-double - her second of the season - as senior Arpine Amirkhanyan notched her third straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sophomore Jazmin Walker added 14 points as well for the Lady Pirates.

Edward Waters was led by Ebony Presha's 14 points and Ashley Hamm's 12 points.

The Lady Pirates hit 41.4 percent from the floor on 24-of-58 shooting. Armstrong made just 1-of-14 three-pointers for 7.1 percent and hit 21-of-34 free throws for 61.8 percent. Edward Waters made 21-of-57 shots from the floor (36.8 percent) and 4-of-19 from three-point range for 21.1 percent. The Lady Tigers made 12-of-21 free throws for 57.1 percent.

Armstrong returns to action on Saturday, December 4, hosting Augusta State in its Peach Belt Conference opener at 1:30 p.m. at Alumni Arena.

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