|Bryan (Tenn.) 12-13; 10-9||21||18||16||12||67|
|Point (Ga.) 21-5; 14-5||10||21||18||26||75|
|Feb. 8, 2017|
|West Point, GA|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Point (Ga.)|
|2 Players (#34,#44) - 18||Points||#25 Deja Smith - 17|
|2 Players (#42,#44,#13) - 1||Rebounds||#31 Vanessa Calhoun - 6|
|#42 Tonesha Allison - 4||Assists||#11 Brianna Jones - 7|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Point (Ga.)|
|44.4% (24 - 54)||Field Goals %||47.4% (27 - 57)|
|35.3% (6 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||36.4% (8 - 22)|
|86.7% (13 - 15)||Free Throws||86.7% (13 - 15)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||7|
West Point, Ga. – In one of their more memorable games this season, the Bryan College Lions Women's Basketball team completely dominated the Point University Skyhawks in their first contest of the New Year in 2017, holding the high-scoring team to a mere 37 points while posting 65 of their own. On Wednesday it looked as if the Lions truly had the Skyhawk's number as they jumped in the lead following tipoff and never looked back through three quarters.
It wasn't until the final three and a half minutes of the third period that Point built momentum, trimming a 12-point deficit to six, ending the quarter behind 55-49. The Skyhawks rallied to tie the score 63-63 with four minutes on the clock. Tonesha Allison (SO/Shelbyville, Tenn.) countered with a pair of free throws for Bryan, but the treys continued to rain down for Point as they secured their first lead of the game with under three minutes left to play, 66-65. After unsuccessful possessions by each side, the Lions were the next to strike with Kaylee Smith (SO/Dunlap, Tenn.) finding an open Megan Billingsby (SR/Dickson, Tenn.) under the goal for Bryan's final advantage of the game, 67-66. The shot of the game came on the next play when Point's Alexia Manning completed an and-one play, giving the Skyhawks a 69-67 lead. Bryan was silenced as Point added six more points to the final score from the foul line, sealing a 75-67 victory.
The comeback win lifted Point's overall record to 21-5 and conference record to 14-5, and helps them at entering the top-25 since they currently are receiving votes. The loss dropped Bryan to 12-13 overall and 10-9 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play.
The Skyhawks managed to turn the ball over only 16 times and forced the Lions into 23 turnovers, but Bryan prevailed in rebounds 37-25. It was almost an even shooting game for both as Point narrowly got the edge with 47.4 percent as Bryan shot 44.4 percent. From behind the arc, the Skyhawks were 36.4 percent and the Lions connected on 35.3 percent. Both teams were 13-of-15 from the foul line, respectively.
Billingsby matched Amber Levi (SO/Dayton, Tenn.) for a team-high 18 points apiece, and Billingsby also led all players in rebounds with eight. Levi trailed close behind after corralling six misses. Erisha Talley (SR/Alexandria, Va.) was the only other Lion to reach double-digits as she collected 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting. She chipped in five boards and three assists. Maebry McNeese (JR/Nashville, Tenn.) aided with seven points, Smith ended with six points and three assists, and both Allison and Tristan McClellan (FR/Byrdstown, Tenn.) added three points each. Katie Wolfe (FR/Maryville, Tenn.) hit one bucket for two points and pulled down one rebound.
The Lions play host to the Cavaliers of Montreat College (N.C.) in one of their final home games of the year on Saturday, Feb. 11, with tipoff scheduled for 2pm.
For the full Bryan Lions Women's Basketball schedule, click here.