Winthrop Women’s Basketball Hangs On To Defeat Longwood At Home
Rock Hill, SC – The Winthrop Women’s basketball team successfully defended their home court, earning a nerve-wracking 55-54 victory over Longwood at the Winthrop Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. This marks the second straight year that Winthrop has successfully swept their games against the Lancers.
The Winthrop Eagles (11-13, 5-6 Big South) demonstrated impressive skills throughout the four quarters of the tightly contested game versus the Longwood Lancers (6-18, 3-8 Big South). Despite trailing 2-0 for a few seconds into the first quarter, Winthrop scored nine straight points. Jada Ryce was instrumental in the team’s early success, contributing five of Winthrop’s nine points with a layup on the fast break and a three-pointer shot.
In the second quarter, the Eagles extended their lead to 12 points due to astute field goals which ultimately culminated in a 22-12 lead at the intermission. Winthrop’s defense played a pivotal role in this frame, successfully limiting Longwood to three field goals.
Intense Second Half
However, the third quarter saw a revitalized Longwood whittle down the lead to only two points, seven minutes in. The teams exchanged the lead several times, but back-to-back scores by Nyah Stallings put Winthrop up five inside of the final minute. Longwood quickly rallied, closing with a 6-0 run leading to a 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter
The fourth quarter was emotionally charged, with Marissa Gasaway scoring a free throw, giving Winthrop a 41-40 lead. Despite the Lancers’ continuous attempts, Winthrop managed to maintain their advantage, ultimately securing the victory with a close 55-54 finish.
Individual and Team Accomplishments
Marissa Gasaway notched a double-double score, hitting 13 points and making 14 rebounds, marking her sixth double-double of the season. Meanwhile, Semeka Randall-Lay captured her 100th career coaching victory in this intense match. As for the team, Winthrop made a strong statement by increasing their all-time home wins to 350, demonstrating the Eagles’ formidable presence at their home court, the Winthrop Coliseum.
The team’s performance also earned them impressive stats. Both teams shot a modest 31% from the field, but Winthrop excelled in free throw shooting with 73% accuracy and shot 33% from the three-point range.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Winthrop concludes a two-game home stand as they host Radford at 6 p.m. As the Eagles celebrate their recent victory, they remain focused on their upcoming games, looking forward to end the season with more victories and remarkable performances.