Falcons face Flagler College in conference tournament opener

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO – The University of Montevallo women’s basketball team will face Flagler College in the quarterfinal round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament Thursday, March 7 at the Frank G. Lumpkin Center on the Columbus State University campus in Columbus, Ga.

Montevallo enters the conference tournament as the No. 2 seed in the West Division, while Flagler College enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed in the East Division.

Tip off is set for Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. CST. General admission tickets for the quarterfinal round are available at the door for $5 per adult and $3 per senior citizen and child under 12. General admission tickets for the semifinal round Saturday, March 9 and championship game Sunday, March 10 are available at the door for $8 per adult and $5 per senior citizen and child under 12. Students from any Peach Belt Conference school will be admitted free with a valid student identification.

Live video and live statistics are available at http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/13bbtournament/index.

The Falcons defeated Flagler College 72-66 in the lone meeting between the two teams this season Jan. 3 at Trustmark Arena.

Montevallo is looking for its first Peach Belt Conference tournament victory in its third consecutive trip to the conference tournament. The Falcons, who are 0-2 all-time in the conference tournament, fell to USC Aiken 63-55 in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament last season.

Sophomore Taylor Beverly enters the conference tournament among the Peach Belt Conference leaders in several categories.

Beverly, who leads the conference with 12 double-double efforts this season, is currently fourth in the conference in scoring with an average of 17.5 points per game. The 5-foot-10 forward from Brandon, Miss. is also fourth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 8.6 boards per game.

Beverly is seventh in the conference in field-goal percentage with her 50.2 percent shooting from the floor this season.

Senior Trena Moore-Smith is currently second in the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage with her 43.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season. The 5-foot-5 guard from Charlotte, N.C. is third in the conference in assists with an average of 5.5 assists per game, which also ranks her No. 10 nationally in NCAA Division II.

Senior Zena Nasiloski, a 5-foot-8 guard from Hammond, Ind., is currently fifth in the conference in rebounding with an average of 8.3 rebounds per game.

Montevallo is second in the conference with an average of 14.1 offensive rebounds per game. The Falcons are third in the conference with an average of 18 attempts from the free-throw line per game. Montevallo is third in the conference with an average of 3.9 blocked shots per game.