ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Guilford College’s Anais Weatherly (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) and Heaven Walters (Elkin, N.C./Starmount) combined for 34 points in the Quakers’ Tuesday evening victory over North Carolina Wesleyan College, 79-43.
Weatherly finished with a game-high 18 points on eight-of-ten shooting where the Quakers shot 46.1 percent for the contest, including a blistering 68.8 percent in the third quarter. Weatherly also added five assists and five steals, posting her third game this season with five or more steals. Walters notched 16 points on seven-of-12 shooting with six rebounds.
Two other Quakers posted double-figure scoring, including Lauren Ramsey (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson), who tallied 13 points on six-of-10 shooting, adding three assists and three steals. Kate Clark came off the bench to score ten points on four-of-ten shooting.
The Battling Bishops kept the Quakers close in the first five minutes, keeping the Guilford lead at four points. The Guilford lead grew as large as nine points in the first quarter, but N.C. Wesleyan cut the advantage to six before the Quakers claimed at eight-point lead at the end of the period.
A Clark jumper to close the first quarter sparked an 8-0 Guilford run to start the second quarter as the Quakers began to pull away. Guilford’s lead grew as large as 19 points as the period came to a close as the Quakers posted a 13-2 run to conclude the first half.
Guilford sent the offense into overdrive in the third quarter while holding the Battling Bishops to just four field goals in the period. The Quakers’ largest lead settled on 40 points with 4:09 left to go in the fourth quarter when Clark sunk a jumper that gave her ten points on the night as the Quakers cruised to victory.
N.C. Wesleyan only shot 23.5 percent for the contest, including a chilly 21.1 percent in the second quarter and a cold 16.7 percent in the fourth period. The Quakers finished six-of-15 from the foul line while the Battling Bishops shot seven-of-12.
The Quakers out-rebounded the Battling Bishops by a slim 50-48 margin as N.C. Wesleyan gained the edge on the offensive glass, 18-14. The Quakers forced 26 turnovers while N.C. Wesleyan forced 16 as Guilford crushed the Battling Bishops in points off of turnovers, 29-8. The Quakers dominated in the paint, 40-12, and held a 12-2 edge in fast break points.
Off to a 6-0 start, the Quakers open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play Saturday, hosting Bridgewater College for a 3 p.m. contest inside Ragan-Brown Field House.