Women’s Final Four set for Big South Championship

hot_entryDequesha McClanahan and Erica Williams combined for 44 points and Winthrop defeated Coastal Carolina 77-58 Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championship at The HTC Center.

Third seed Winthrop (22-8) will face second-seeded Liberty (20-10) in Saturday’s 8:00 p.m. semifinal.  Top-seeded High Point (21-9) meets fourth seed Campbell (19-11) in the 6:00 p.m. semi.  The last time the top four seeds reached the Big South semifinal round was 2008.  Winthrop’s 22 wins is also set the Winthrop standard for wins in a season.

Three-time Big South player of the year McClanahan scored 24 points, while Williams, a second-team all-conference and all-freshman choice, added 20, plus a game-high 12 rebounds.  Samiya Wright scored 13 points and Schaquilla Nunn 11.  Tiffany Charles had 8 steals to tie the tournament record set in 1987 by Julie Skinner of Campbell vs. Coastal Carolina.

 

High Point 79, Asheville 69 – Kaylah Keys had 23 points and Stacia Robertson completed the double-double for No. 1 seed High Point as the Panthers topped No. 8 UNC Asheville in the opening game of Thursday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Championships quarterfinal round at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

Reminiscent of their first game of the tournament on Tuesday against Radford, Asheville made a run in the second half to cut a 20 point deficit down all the way down to a two-possession game with 6:45 remaining as Brittany Gwyn capped off the 20-6 run with a pull-up jumper. However, Robertson ended the comeback hopes for the Bulldogs as the High Point redshirt-junior forward rattled off six straight points for the Panthers while Keys and Richard combined to go 6-for-8 from the free throw line over the final two minutes to close out the win.

No. 1 High Point advances to Saturday evening’s semifinals, tipping off at 6 p.m. inside The HTC Center against No. 4 Campbell.

Campbell 63, Garner-Webb 46 – No. 4 seed Campbell shot 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from three-point range and held No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb to 27.1 percent (16-of-59) field goal shooting in a 63-46 victory during Thursday afternoon’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinal matchup at The HTC Center.

Campbell (19-11) advances to the Big South semifinal round for the second straight season and the eighth time overall under head coach Wanda Watkins. The first No. 4 seed to reach the semifinals since 2011, the Lady Camels will face No. 1 seed High Point on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Liberty 67, Presbyterian 42 – No. 2 Liberty was the third team to punch their ticket to Saturday’s VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Conference Tournament semifinal round as the Flames topped No. 7 Presbyterian in Thursday evening’s quarterfinal round , 67-42 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

The Flames advanced to Saturday’s semifinal game, taking on the winner of No. 3 Winthrop and No. 6 Coastal Carolina. Tipoff for the game is slated for 8 p.m. inside The HTC Center on ESPN3.

Photo Courtesy of the Big South

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