JEFFERSON CITY , Tenn. – Both the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles and Eagles claimed wins over Newberry Wednesday night in South Atlantic Conference (SAC) basketball action. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Indians 87-55 and the Eagles beat the Indians, 75-51.
LADY EAGLES 87, NEWBERRY 55
Andrea Fitzgerald (Memphis , Tenn.) scored 23 points to lead a group of five Lady Eagles who finished the game in double figures.
Stacie Dunn (Newport, Tenn.) scored 17 points for the Lady Eagles, Amanda Jackson (Oneida, Tenn.) scored 15 points, Amy Cate (Strawberry Plains, Tenn.) added 12 points and Tiffany Parker (Newnan, Ga.) had a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Freshman guard Salem Shaffer (Glens Falls , N.Y.) added 11 assists on the night.
Elizabeth Green (Columbia, S.C.) led the Lady Indians with 12 points, Laura Banda (Holcomb, Kans.) added 11 points and Tanya Deese (Prosperity, S.C.) finished the game with 10 points.
The Lady Eagles built a 43-33 lead at the half and then dominated the second 20 minutes of play. C-N was 17-of-32 for 53% from the floor in the second half while holding the Lady Indians to 7-of-27 for 26% from the field. C-N also forced 22 turnovers and scored 31 points off those miscues.
The Lady Eagles improve to 10-16, 5-8 in the SAC while the Lady Indians fall to 4-22, 1-12 in conference play.
EAGLES 75, INDIANS 51
In a battle of the two teams tied for third place in the conference standings, the Carson-Newman Eagles torched the nets for 54% (26-48) for the game as they went on to win their seventh consecutive game.
Braun Dabbs (Greeneville , Tenn.) had the hot hand for the Eagles as he banged home six three-pointers and finished the game with 22 points. Todd Lucas (Eustis , Fla.) had 13 points for C-N, followed by Larry Coleman’s (Memphis , Tenn.) 11 points and 10 by Terrell Turner (Ft. Payne , Ala.). The Indians were led in scoring by David Hampton (Orangeburg , S.C.) and Rashaad Carter (North Charleston , S.C.) who each had 10 points.
After claiming a 36-27 lead at the half, the Eagles clamped down on defense in the second half and limited the Indians to only 31% (9-of-29) shooting. The Eagles turned up the offensive pressure as well in the second half as they had a field goal percentage of 62% (13-21). C-N pounded the ball inside and result was a 20-7 advantage in free throw attempts.
The Eagles take over sole possession of third place in the conference with an 8-5 record and 16-9 overall mark. The Indians fall to 13-12, 7-6 in SAC play.