FROM STAFF REPORTS
MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team dropped a Peach Belt Conference contest Feb. 16 against undefeated Clayton State University 75-61 at Trustmark Arena.
The Falcons (15-11 overall, 10-7 in Peach Belt Conference) trimmed a 19-point second-half deficit to just 10 points before the Lakers, who entered the game 23-0 and ranked No. 3 in the latest USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II women’s basketball poll, held off
Montevallo down the stretch.
Senior Taylor Beverly
led the Falcons with 22 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the floor and a 10-of-13 performance at the charity stripe. Beverly also grabbed nine rebounds.
Clayton State opened the game with a 10-2 run, capped with a layup by Kayla Mobley with 16:10 remaining in the first half. The Lakers stretched their lead to as many as 23 points following a layup by Keona Dixon, which gave Clayton State a 36-13 lead with 4:11 left in the first half.
Montevallo cut the deficit to 36-25 following a pair of free throws by Beverly with 1:17 left in the half before the Lakers carried a 42-25 lead into the locker room at haltime.
Shacamra Jackson knocked down a jumper with 18:44 left in the game to give the Lakers a 44-25 advantage. The Falcons responded with a 16-7 run to cut the deficit to 51-41 following a three-point play by Beverly with 11:54 remaining in the game. However, the Lakers pushed their lead back to 59-43 on a pair of free throws by Shannon Smith and held on to a double-digit lead the rest of the game.
The Falcons return to action Saturday, Feb. 23 with a trip to Milledgeville, Ga. to face Georgia College in a Peach Belt Conference contest. Tip off is set for 12:30 p.m. CST.