Livingstone women roll past Falcons, snap losing skid

Published 7:50 pm Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Staff report

SALISBURY — St. Augustine’s last-place women’s basketball team was just what the doctor ordered on Wednesday evening at New Trent Gym.

Livingstone’s women snapped a three-game losing skid by whipping the Falcons, 72-39.

The Blue Bears improve to 13-12 overall and 8-7 in the CIAA, with one regular season game remaining — Saturday at home (2 p.m.) against Winston-Salem State. St. Augustine’s falls to 3-24 and 0-15 in the league.

Guard Asia Green, normally a starter, came off the bench last night and scored 12 first-half points. Green led Livingstone to a 28-20 halftime advantage.

Another good sign for the Blue Bears was the fact that guard Deonna Young, a scorer who has been struggling of late, nailed a first-half 3-pointer and scored five points during the first 20 minutes.

The Falcons scored just four points in the first quarter, but bounced back in the second period behind six points each from Quiera Gilmore and Kaaliya Williams.

Coach Tiffany Silver’s Blue Bears broke the game open in the third period, outscoring the visitors, 23-11. They followed that effort up with an even better fourth quarter, 21-8, as Livingstone connected on 7-of-14 3-pointers in the second half.

Meanwhile, St. Augustine’s made just six baskets in the second half and finished the game 0-for-12 from the 3-point arc.

The lead grew and grew and the Blue Bears’ largest lead came with the final score when Young was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 28 seconds remaining. She made all three foul shots for the final, 33-point advantage.

“It took us too long to get into any kind of rhythm,” Silver said about the slow first half. “We definitely need some kind of momentum going into next week (CIAA Tournament). These games are so important, so vital to positioning for the tournament. We need to win out and we need a little help as well, just to bump up a spot.”

Guard Zena Lovette came off the bench as well, but still led Livingstone in scoring with 16 points. She’s been battling the flu this week but was 5-of-11 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc.

Young, also dealing with the flu, ended up with 15 points, a nice rebound from recent shooting woes. She was 5-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-4 from the 3-point line.

Green made 6-of-10 shots and finished with 14 points. Senior guard Bria Patterson added 11 points.

Post player Cherokee Cardriche led Livingstone with six rebounds and four other grabbed five boards each — Lovette, Green, Brittany Taylor and Shannon Buchanan.

Livingstone controlled the inside game, outscoring the Falcons, 26-10, in the paint. The Blue Bears also took advantage of 32 turnovers by their opponent, leading to 20 points.

Williams led St. Augustine’s with 12 points while Gilmore finished with nine.

ST. AUGUSTINE’S (39) — Gilmore 9, Williams 12, Washington 2, Renwicks, Addison 4, Gibson 6, Lee 4, Clark, Stokes, Vaughan 2.

LIVINGSTONE (72) — Young 15, Taylor 8, Patterson 11, Buchanan 4, Redfern, Green 14, Lovette 16, Cardriche 4.

St. Augustine’s         4    16    11     8 — 39

Livingstone             12    16   23   21 — 72