LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University women’s basketball team won their season opener 78-61 over Div. II Bluefield State College (W.Va.) last week.
Bluefield State got out to nine-point lead in the first quarter before St. Andrews closed the gap to one — 19-18 by the end of the quarter. The Knights kept up their positive momentum into the second quarter, jumping out to an eight-point advantage before Bluefield State rallied to within two points at halftime hitting a three at the buzzer.
St. Andrews shot 35 percent in the first half and 38.5 percent from three while the Bluefield State shot 39 percent.
The Lady Knights came out on fire in the second half and cruised through the third and fourth quarters outscoring Bluefield State 41-26 in the half and 21-9 in the fourth quarter. St. Andrews held the Blues to just 26 percent shooting in the second half and 18 percent from three while the Lady Knights shot an impressive 53 percent in the half and 43 percent for the game.
Freshman forward Morgan Perkins led the Lady Knights with 27 points on 12 of 20 from the field while pulling down eight rebounds with two steals and a block.
Sophomore guards Samantha Ring and Courtney Rowe each scoring 15 points with Ring leading the Lady Knights with four 3-pointers. Rowe and Ring combined for six assists and six rebounds along with Rowe’s two steals.
Defensively, freshman forward Aquera Johnson lead the team with 10 rebounds — three offensive — to go along with eight points, two assists and two steals.
Junior guard Bree Cowan had seven assists while adding six rebounds and four points. Fellow junior guard Kyara Cooper recorded six points with five assists, four rebounds and a steal.
St. Andrews committed six less turnovers than the Blues and had three more steals while totaling 25 assists and 54 rebounds to outscore Bluefield State (0-1) in both categories.
St. Andrews opened conference play on Tuesday hosting Point University (Ga.).