Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Newman Women End Skid with 83-55 Drubbing of Ottawa

WICHITA - A career night from Alex Adekunle fueled the Newman women's basketball team to an 83-55 win over Ottawa Tuesday evening at Fugate Gymnasium. Adekunle finished with a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including a career-high nine offensive boards, to secure her third double-double of the season.

Newman (7-4) scored on its first possession of the game, a Tasha Cannon lay-up from Philicia Kelly, and never looked back on Tuesday's contest. The Jets scored the first six points of the game, and held Ottawa (4-8) scoreless until Taryn Morris found Tessa Porter for a contested lay-up for the Braves' first points of the game. A Paige Gibson three-pointer pulled Ottawa to within three points of Newman, 8-5, at the 16:43 mark. It took nearly three minutes for either team to score again, but when the ice finally broke, it was thanks to an old-fashioned three-point play from Alex Adekunle that gave Newman an 11-6 lead with 13:40 still to play. Ottawa kept short reigns on the Jets for nearly 10 minutes, and pulled to within six, 15-9, after two Shannon Carlin free throws, but an Adekunle lay-up on Newman's ensuing possession sparked a 14-0 Newman run that pushed Newman's lead to 20, 29-9, with 8:58 still to play. The Braves stopped the bleeding with another Gibson trey, but a 7-1 Newman run gave the Jets their largest lead of the game to that point, a 36-13 cushion with 3:06 still to play, then used a 6-2 spurt to push the bulge to 27 points, 42-15, with just over a minute remaining in the half. Ottawa scored the final four points of the half, but still trailed 42-19 at the halftime break.

It didn't get any better for Ottawa in the second half. Newman needed less than three minutes to take its first 30-point lead of the night, and it came at the hands of Rhea Codio, who drained a trey to give Newman a 56-25 lead with 16:19 remaining in the game. Newman head coach Jaime Green emptied the bench with 13 minutes remaining, and rotated a fresh five players in nearly every three minutes for the remainder of the contest. Ottawa pieced together a 9-2 run in the final 10 minutes, and narrowed the Newman lead to 23, 71-48, after a Shauna McClure trey with 5:02 remaining, but that was as close as the Braves could get, as Newman cruised to the 83-55 win.

Alex Adekunle used a steady diet of lay-ups and free throws to post her career-high 21 points. The sophomore transfer from Oral Roberts finished seven-for-14 from the field, and seven-for-eight from the free throw line, and added 10 rebounds, including a career-high nine offensive boards, to finish with her third double-double of the season. Tasha Cannon added 14 points in the win, while Philicia Kelly and Nikita Norwood each finished with 12 points. Rhea Codio was Newman's final double-digit scorer, posting 11 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals in the game.

Tessa Porter led the Braves with 16 points.

With the win, the Jets improve to 7-4 on the season. Ottawa will remain at 4-8 as they had designated this game as an exhibition prior to the start of the season. Newman will return to action Friday, hosting Southwestern in a 5:30 p.m. contest inside Fugate Gymnasium.


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