Clayton State smothers Montevallo

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team fell to defending National Champion Clayton State University 85-50 in a Peach Belt Conference contest Feb. 4.

The Falcons (8-12 overall, 3-8 in Peach Belt Conference) shot 45.1 percent from the field, but the Clayton State defense forced 27 Montevallo turnovers which converted into a 31-6 advantage in points off turnovers.

Montevallo was led by senior Davia Harris, who scored 14 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked three shots. Junior Zena Nasiloski chipped in 13 points and six boards, while freshman Taylor Beverly had 12 points and five boards.

Montevallo shot 45.1 percent from the field, while Clayton State hit 47.9 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from 3-point range. Both teams struggled from the free-throw line shooting just over 50 percent.

Clayton State jumped out to a quick 14-4 lead in the opening six minutes and never looked back as they cruised to a 45-20 halftime lead. The Falcons had a stronger second half but were unable to cut the lead as they fell in the second half 40-30 for an overall score of 85-50.

The Falcons will return to action this Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m. as they travel to Peach Belt Conference rival North Georgia College and State University.