Greensboro College Pride Women’s Basketball Falls to Guilford in Overtime 77-70

GREENSBORO, NC—The Greensboro College Pride women’s basketball team fell in overtime to cross town rival Guilford College on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 77-70.

In the beginning of the first half, hot shooting helped to pull Greensboro out to an early 6-0 lead. In the opening 6-0 run three different players found the book on consecutive possessions. After The Pride jumped out to the early lead, the Quakers responded right back with a 9-0 run to pull in front by three at 11-8.

Later in the half with the game tied at 23-23, The Pride was able to pull away for the remainder of the half using a 8-2 run to jump onto with four minutes remaining in the half at 31-25. Chevena Pickard got things started in the run scoring five of her first half 22 points before Shanita Hampton capped off the run tying Greensboro’s largest lead of the half at six. For the remainder of the half, the two teams trading baskets going to the half with The Pride leading by a 33-27 score.

Coming out of the break, Greensboro had a tough stretch allowing Guilford to pull back into the game and taking the lead at 38-37 just four minutes into the half. Once the Quakers pushed into the lead, the momentum of the game swayed toward Guilford. Even though the momentum was against them, The Pride did not back down in the game.

For Greensboro down the stretch of regulation, sophomore center Alicia Burr made sure that Greensboro stayed in the game. With The Pride trailing by two on three different situations it was Burr who was able to make the plays down low bring the game back even each of the three times. In the final minute of regulation with the game tied at 60-60 Syerra Troutman was able to force the Quakers to turn the ball back over to The Pride with 20 seconds left on the clock. Once Greensboro got the turnover, they used a timeout to set up the final play of regulation. The Pride got the ball into Kamia Strickland, whos last second shot rimmed out sending the game into overtime at 60-60.

In the overtime period, it was all Guilford at the start scoring the first five points of the extra frame and Greensboro was unable to rebound falling 77-70.

The Pride had three players scoring in double digits, with Chevena Pickard leading the way netting a game high 25 points. Shaniita Hampton added 17 points on the day, while Alicia Burr contributed ten big points off of the bench. Greensboro was able to out rebound the Quakers on the day by a 44-43 margin with nine of them coming on the offensive end of the court. Troutman, Pickard, and Joslyn Spires led The Pride with five rebounds apiece.

With the loss, Greesnboro falls to 4-2 on the season heading into the holiday break. The Pride will return to action following the New Year, when they welcome USA South newcomer Huntingdon to Mayo C. Harlow Memorial Court on January 4,2014. The tip-off for the game is set for 2:00 pm.