Hot shooting leads Falcons past Stillman College

Published 4:32 pm Sunday, December 2, 2012


MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team set a new season high in scoring in an 86-48 win over visiting Stillman College in a non-conference game Dec. 1 at BankTrust Arena.

The 86 points marked the most points scored by the Falcons under second-year head coach Cindy Hilbrich. Montevallo, which saw all 11 players finish with at least one field goal, shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, including 37 from 3-point range, in the 38-point victory.

Junior Alexsis Brown led Montevallo (3-4) with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor, including a 4-of-6 performance from beyond the arc. Brown also grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists.

Senior Carolyn Taite added her first double-double this season with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Taite finished 4-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

Freshman Katie Colson and senior Trena Moore-Smith contributed 11 points each. Colson scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and a 3-of-4 performance from the free-throw line to go along with seven rebounds. Moore-Smith shot 5-of-11 from the field and dished out a team-high seven assists.

Junior Shay Bonner chipped in nine points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Taylor Beverly finished with eight points and four boards. Freshman Jasmine Thomas contributed five points, freshman Jacquelyn Thompson chipped in four points and freshman Jasmine Newsome finished with three points.

Senior Zena Nasiloski and freshman Jerrisa Green rounded out the scoring with two points each.

Stillman College took an early 5-3 lead following a 3-pointer by Andrea Moore less than two minutes into the game, but it would be the Tigers’ last lead in the game.

Bonner gave Montevallo a 23-12 lead following a layup with 8:16 remaining in the first half and the Falcons led by double-digits for the final eight minutes of the half before carrying a 40-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Montevallo extended its lead in the second half, with a 3-pointer by Newsome giving the Falcons a 64-33 lead with 10:29 remaining in the game. Taite’s jumper with 23 seconds left in the game accounted for the final field goal and gave Montevallo its largest lead in the game.

Montevallo returns to action Thursday, Dec. 6 with a home game against non-conference opponent Shorter University at BankTrust Arena. Tip off is set for 5:30 p.m.