|St. Andrews (N.C.)||17||20||18||26||81|
|Feb. 4, 2017|
|St. Andrews (N.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#2 LeeAysia Williamson - 41||Points||#34 Amber Levi - 42|
|#40 Ellen Dukes - 11||Rebounds||2 Players (#34,#42) - 9|
|#2 LeeAysia Williamson - 6||Assists||#00 Tristan McClellan - 6|
|St. Andrews (N.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
|47.5% (29 - 61)||Field Goals %||43.7% (31 - 71)|
|44% (11 - 25)||3 Point Field Goals %||47.8% (11 - 23)|
|85.7% (12 - 14)||Free Throws||85% (17 - 20)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||7|
Dayton, Tenn. – In an eventful day on the campus of Bryan College, the fans that attended the Lions Women's Basketball contest versus fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent, St. Andrews University (N.C.), not only witnessed a quality 90-81 victory for Bryan, but they also observed history as former Rhea County Golden Eagle Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.) broke the previous single-game made three-pointers record, which was eight, by connecting on 10-of-17 behind the arc.
Averaging 14.6 points per game, totaling 336 points this season, and 46 makes coming from three-point territory, Bryan's leading scorer also goes down in the record book with the third highest individual scoring game compiling 42 points on 13-of-25 shooting. Mandi Roberts is atop the list with 46 points dating back to December 1993, and she claims second after scoring 44 the following month.
The memorable performance was not only in the scoring department by Levi, but she also matched teammate Tonesha Allison (SO/Shelbyville, Tenn.) for a team-leading nine rebounds. She created shots for herself and helped draw the defense, resulting in five assists. Her tough defense was noticeable as she led the team with three steals.
Even though the home crowd's attention was almost entirely on Levi, it was difficult to not be gripped by St. Andrew's LeeAysia Williamson. Williamson was 13-of-26, 8-of-14 from deep, and led the Knights with six assists and 41 points. Levi holds the best stellar points game in the AAC this season, and Williamson falls in directly behind. Both players are tied for third with 37 points apiece in other competitions this season.
St. Andrews got the edge in shooting percentage for the game, 47.5 percent compared to Bryan's 43.7 percent, but the Lions outperformed the Knights from downtown at 47. 8 percent while they shot 44 percent. In the second half, the Lions caught fire for 5-of-9 on three-pointers as the Knights struggled going 3-of-11. Bryan outrebounded St. Andrews 35-29 and held their turnovers to 16, while the Knights ended with 18.
Levi was helped by Erisha Talley (SR/Alexandria, Va.) who recorded 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 10 points by both Allison and Katie Wolfe (FR/Maryville, Tenn.), respectively. Kaylee Smith (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) tallied three points and two boards, followed by Megan Billingsby (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) with two points and four rebounds. The only other scorer was Maebry McNeese (JR/Nashville, Tenn.) who secured five points by going 5-of-6 at the foul line. Tristan McClellan (FR/Byrdstown, Tenn.) was unable to find the hoop, but she handed out a team-high six assists.
Both sides remained close through the first half with the deficit never reaching double-digits, but Bryan controlled the lead the entire game except for the first minute of play as the Knights drained a three-pointer for a 3-2 advantage. The Lions clawed their way ahead to 14-6 and then to 21-12 in the final minute of the opening quarter. The Knights slowed the momentum and slimmed the margin to 21-17 with five unanswered points as the first period came to a close.
The second quarter was positive for St. Andrews as they narrowed the gap to two points by halftime. The Knights trailed 29-26 at the six-minute mark, but both teams went silent for the next three minutes. With 3:03 on the clock McNeese made a pair of free throws to spark the scoring. In three minutes the Lions produced nine points, and the Knights charged ahead for 11, closing the gap to 39-37 at the break.
The difference maker came in the third quarter when Bryan outscored St. Andrews 31-18. The rally began with four minutes left in the period as Levi sank back-to-back treys, propelling the Lions ahead 62-53. Two made free throws by Allison and a 6-0 run with buckets from Wolfe, Allison, and Talley to end the period lifted Bryan's lead to 70-55.
McClellan found Talley for a quick score to tipoff the last quarter, giving the Lions their largest lead at 17 points, 72-55. With help from Williamson, the Knights battled to cut the difference to eight points with 4:45 to go in the game, 78-70. Levi was 4-of-4 at the foul line and cashed in a pair from deep in the final minutes, fending off St. Andrews in the comeback attempt. Williamson had a valiant effort, also collecting 10 points in the final five minutes. Bryan's lead proved too much as the home team prevailed with a 90-81 final.
"All I can say is Wow," remarked Bryan Head Coach Jason Smith. "We witnessed two great performances today, we will probably never see that again. Amber was special, not just scoring but rebounding and handing out assists. We also got out in transition today more than any other game."
After an overall 2-6 start to the season, including a 1-4 conference record, the Lions have improved to 12-12 overall and 10-8 in AAC action. The loss dropped St. Andrews to 5-18 overall and 2-16 in conference play.
Up next for Bryan is a mid-week conference face-off in West Point, Ga. against the Skyhawks of Point University. Tipoff is slated for 5:30pm on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
For the full Bryan Lions Women's Basketball schedule, click here.