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Women's Basketball - Thu, Jan. 19, 2017 by Troy Baranik

LAURINBURG, N.C. - The St. Andrews University women's basketball team used their home crowd and constant pressure to edge out rival Montreat College (N.C.) 61-56 for their fifth win of the season on Wednesday evening.

Montreat only managed to shoot 34 percent in the first half while SAU struggled to shoot just 22 percent as Montreat took a 27-24 halftime lead. St. Andrews then came out on fire in the third quarter exploding for 21 points as they would dominate the third quarter to the tune of a 21-7 rout to take a 45-34 lead into the fourth period.

Montreat would then make their run and at one point cut the Knight's lead to two at 56-54. However, SAU would not wilt under the pressure as freshman point guard LeeAysia Williamson (FR/Greensboro, NC) would lead the team onto the victory by making her clutch free throws and three huge three-pointers down the stretch. She finished with a team-high 22 points and a season-high five assists with three rebounds and a steal. Williamson has now scored a total of 148 points (24.7/game) over her last six games.

The Lady Knights would go on to shoot 37.5 percent in the second half but 90 percent from the free-throw line to clinch the win even as Montreat abandoned their jump shot and shot 44 percent on mostly transition layups in the second half. SAU also forced 25 Montreat turnovers on 13 steals.

Also scoring in double-figures for the Knights and having a career day was sophomore guard Kelsey Houser (SO/Connelly Springs, NC) who exploded for 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from 3-point range along with three steals. Houser and Williamson would combine for 37 of SAU's 61 total points on the day.

Junior forward Ellen Dukes (JR/Augusta, GA) then contributed nine rebounds and four steals defensively while senior guard Kayla Johnson (SR/Greensboro, NC) added seven points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win. Freshmen Victoria Washington (FR/Fredericksburg, VA) and Kayla Smith (FR/Lynchburg, VA) also combined for 13 points and eight rebounds.

SAU improves to 5-13 overall and 2-11 with the win as they ended their losing skid to begin the year while Montreat falls to 9-8 and 5-7 in the conference.

St. Andrews will next return to the road to travel to AAC opponent Allen University in South Carolina for a first-time meeting on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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