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Livingstone women rout Ft. Valley State, 91-59

Staff report

FT. VALLEY, Ga. — Livingstone turned a close halftime score into a rout, defeating host Ft. Valley State, 91-59, here Friday night in women’s college basketball action.

The Blue Bears’ three-headed guard attack — Brittany Taylor, Zena Lovette and Ari DeJesus — combined for 62 points for Livingstone, now 2-3 this season. Another guard, Bria Patterson, added 10 points.

Livingstone led at halftime, 31-29, behind 10 points from DeJesus, but exploded in the third quarter, running past the Wildcats, 30-12.

Lovette scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, including a 10-for-10 performance at the foul line. Taylor scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half as well. DeJesus scored 21 points for the game, 11 in the second half when she was 5-of-11 from the floor.

Lovette, a 5-7 sophomore, also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. DeJesus followed with 11 boards and Livingstone outrebounded Ft. Valley State (0-5) for the game, 49-35.

Livingstone built a 61-41 lead after three quarters and widened that margin in the final period.

The game was part of the Jessie Brown Memorial Classic at FVSU. The Blue Bears will play again today at 1 p.m., against Miles (Ala.).

LIVINGSTONE (91) — Patterson 10, Cardriche 4, Lovette 23, Taylor 18, Buchanan 7, De’Jesus 21,  Green 2, Young 4, Redfern, Hunter 2.

FT. VALLEY STATE (59) — Tarpkins 19, King 9, Rumph 8, Green 6, Caldwell 6, T. Williams 4, Mobley 3, Garner 2, Moye 2, Carter, J. Williams, White.

Livingstone          17    14    30    30 — 91

Ft. Valley St.        19    10    12     18 — 59

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