Montevallo tops Flagler in conference gamePublished 10:18am Friday, January 4, 2013
FROM STAFF REPORTS
MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team picked up its second Peach Belt Conference victory in three games Jan. 3 with a 72-66 win over visiting Flagler College at BankTrust Arena.
The Falcons, who shot 53 percent from the floor, improved to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play with the victory.
Sophomore Taylor Beverly led Montevallo with 23 points and 12 rebounds as she posted her team-leading fifth double-double of the season. Beverly finished 11-of-15 from the floor in the win.
Freshman Jacquelyn Thompson added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, including a 2-of-3 performance from beyond the arc.
Senior Trena Moore-Smith finished with nine points and a team-high nine assists. Junior Shay Bonner added eight points and six boards, while senior Zena Nasiloski chipped in seven points and 11 rebounds in the win.
The Falcons fell behind 8-2 early in the game before a surge late in the first half gave Montevallo a 35-26 lead in the final two minutes of the half. A layup by Nasiloski gave the Falcons a nine-point lead with 1:28 remaining in the half before the Falcons carried a 35-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Montevallo stormed out to a double-digit lead in the second half. Montevallo led by as many as 18 points in the second half, the last time following a jumper by Thompson with 9:22 left in the game.
Flagler cut the deficit to 61-60 with 2:34 remaining on a pair of free throws by Latesha Johnson, but the Falcons quickly pushed the lead back to double-digits with a 9-0 run sparked with baskets by Thompson, Moore-Smith and Beverly.
Montevallo returns to action Saturday, Jan. 5 with a Peach Belt Conference contest on the road at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C. Tip off is set for 12:30 p.m. CST.