HPU Women’s Basketball Pulls Away for 79-44 Win Over Bluefield College

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Redshirt-sophomore Lindsay Puckett scored 15 points to lead four Panthers in double-digit scoring in the High Point University women’s basketball team’s 79-44 win over Bluefield College on Sunday at the Millis Center. Junior Cheyenne Parker and freshman Tori Cook added 13 points and sophomore Lexi Patterson added 10.

“I think this game was the most we have gelled this season,” said head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “Every person did their job and we came together as a unit. We weren’t trying to force anything and we cut down on our turnovers. It is a quick turnaround to get ready for UAB on Tuesday and we still have some things to work on.”

Puckett had seven rebounds and five assists to go with her season-high 15 points. Parker had her fourth double-double in five games with 13 points and 17 rebounds. She also added six blocks, four assists and four rebounds.

Patterson’s 10 points tied her career high which she set in the season opener against East Tennessee State. She also added three rebounds and three steals.

High Point had 26 assists on 34 made field goals, led by junior Tayler Tremblay with eight assists. Tremblay also had five rebounds and four points.

High Point improves to 2-3 on the season with the win over Bluefield College.

The Panthers scored the first seven points of the game. Kendra Wallace hit a wide-open three, Jazmin Cromartie drained a jumpber and Tremblay was fouled and converted both free throws. High Point maintained the lead, pushing it to 11, 19-8, at 11:18 on Cook’s first three-pointer of the game.

Cook drained another three with 1:47 remaining in the first to give HPU its biggest lead of the half, 36-20. The Panthers led 39-24 at halftime.

Puckett scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half. She hit a jumper with 17:55 on the clock, assisted on HPU’s next basket, a layup from Kendra Wallace, and scored another basket at 16:59 to give HPU a 47-29 lead.

High Point easily maintained the advantage throughout the rest of the game, rolling to the 35-point win. Nine Panthers scored in the game, including the first collegiate basket for freshman Jatzmin Johnson.

Cromartie added 10 rebounds and six points in her first start of the season. Wallace finished the game with eight points and freshman Tabitha Fudge added eight points and six rebounds.

High Point will host Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Millis Center. It is the first-ever meeting between the two teams.