Livingstone women thump Morris in home opener, 90-57

Published 8:53 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Staff report

SALISBURY — After two road losses, Livingstone won its home opener here at New Trent Gym, thumping Morris (S.C.), 90-57.

Junior transfer Daisa Harris showed why coach Tiffany Silver was so excited about the newcomer from Harford Community College. Harris, a 5-7 guard, scored 17 points in the first half, had eight more in the third period and finished with a game-high 34.

Harris made 12-of-26 shots from the floor, just one being a 3-pointer. She also picked up five rebounds.

The 34 points are Harris’ most thus far in official games, although she also matched that total in an exhibition win over Division I Winthrop on Nov. 1.

Livingstone (1-2) led at halftime, 45-29, behind Harris’ start. She made 9-0f-11 free throws before the break. The Blue Bears’ biggest lead was the 26-9 score at the end of the first quarter.

The Blue Bears’ largest lead of the game came with 4:25 left in the game, when Harris nailed a 3-point field goal for an 80-44 advantage.

As a team, Livingstone sank 17-of-25 foul shots in the first half and 23-of-34 for the game.

Morris, led by Harvin with 15 points off the bench, shot 41 percent from the floor for the game (24-of-58) but hurt itself immensely with 38 turnovers.

The Blue Bears may have put the game away with a 24-6 third period, giving them a 69-35 advantage. Morris never led in the contest.

Another newcomer, Darra Walker, who played with Harris at Harford, scored 14 points. Guards Asia Green and Kedra Bradley, added 11 each, respectively. Green also grabbed seven boards to lead the Blue Bears in rebounding.

NOTE: Livingstone returns to action on Saturday, a 2 p.m. tip-off at Lees-McRae.

MORRIS (57) — Battles, Huggins, Johnson 12, Brigham 6, Jackson 10, Bridges 2, Carrie 2, Bellamy 4, Weldon 2, McIver 1, Harvin 15, Samuel 3.

LIVINGSTONE (90) — Green 11, Harris 34, Searcy 2, Walker 14, Copeland 4, Allen 4, Bradley 11, Terry 2, Bland 6, Galay 1, Porter 1, Ezekiel.

Morris                     9     20      6    22 — 57

Livingstone         26     19    24    21 — 90