Falcons reach milestone with win at Georgia College
FROM STAFF REPORTS
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team picked up a 50-43 win on the road at Georgia College in a Peach Belt Conference contest Feb. 23 to tie the mark for most victories in a season in the program’s NCAA Division II history.
The victory tied the mark for the most win in a season since the Falcons (16-11 overall, 11-7 in Peach Belt Conference) became a full-fledged member of NCAA Division II prior to the 1996-1997 season. Montevallo won 16 games on its way to a 16-13 record during the 2004-2005 season.
Sophomore Taylor Beverly led Montevallo with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor. Beverly also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the win.
Senior Zena Nasiloski added eight points and six boards. Fellow senior Trena Moore-Smith chipped in seven points and four rebounds to go along with a team-high six assists. Freshman Jacquelyn Thompson finished with six points off the bench.
Beverly scored a pair of baskets in the first two minutes of the contest to give the Falcons an early 4-2 lead.
Georgia College responded with a 13-4 run, capped with a pair of free throws by Enisha Donley, to take a 15-8 advantage with 10:01 remaining in the opening half. Montevallo responded with a 9-4 run of its own, capped with a 3-pointer by Jasmine Newsome with 5:53 left in the half, which cut the deficit to 19-17.
The Falcons trimmed the deficit to 23-22 following a layup by Beverly with 3:56 remaining in the first half before the Bobcats carried a 25-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Georgia College pushed its lead to 32-25 early in the second half with a 7-2 run to start the half, capped with a layup by Shanteona Keys with 16:06 remaining in the game.
Montevallo responded with a 11-2 run to take control of the game. Thompson capped the run with a 3-pointer, which gave the Falcons a 36-34 advantage, their first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
Following a basket by the Bobcats, the Falcons went on a 7-0 run to stretch their lead to 43-36 with 6:10 remaining in the game. Beverly capped the run with a layup.
Montevallo led by as many as nine points down the stretch following a 3-pointer by Moore-Smith, which gave the Falcons a 48-39 lead with 3:54 left. The nine-point lead proved to be enough cushion down the stretch.
Montevallo returns to action Saturday, March 2 in its final regular season game against Peach Belt Conference newcomer Young Harris College at Trustmark Arena.The Falcons defeated the Mountain Lions 72-61 in the first meeting between the two teams this season.
The Falcons will celebrate the careers of Alex Strickland, Trena Moore-Smith, Zena Nasiloski and Carolyn Taite during Senior Day festivities.
Tip off is set for 1:30 p.m.