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Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017 by Troy Baranik

LAURINBURG, NC - The St. Andrews University women's basketball team used stellar games from three players including senior Kayla Johnson (SR/Greensboro, NC) on senior day, but it was not enough as the Knights dropped a heartbreaker 92-90 to conference foe Allen University (S.C.) in the season finale on Saturday.    

St. Andrews got out to a slim halftime lead at 44-41 with the Knights shooting 33 percent and 74 percent from the foul line while Allen shot 38 percent while getting most of their first half-points from guard Dekoya Mack.

SAU outscored the Rams 26-20 in the second quarter while Allen won the first 21-18. Allen then cut the Knights' lead to one at 63-64 as they won the third 22-20. St. Andrews then built their lead to much as ten early in the half but could not close out the game as Allen used their 14 three-pointers to clinch the game 92-90. The Knights had a chance to win the game late twice but turned the ball over each time as they struggled with Allen's press defense.

The Knights shot 38 percent overall but just 17 percent from three while Allen shot 39 percent overall, and an impressive 45 percent form three as they made ten more threes than the Lady Knights. Allen's Mack ended up finishing with 39 points on 10 of 16 shooting from three making up the difference in the game. SAU, however, did finish shooting 74 percent from the free-throw line as Allen committed 33 total fouls.

SAU was led by freshman point guard LeeAysia Williamson (FR/Greensboro, NC)'s 33 points and freshman forward Kayla Smith (FR/Lynchburg, VA)'s career game of 14 points and 14 rebounds, both career-highs for Smith. Williamson also led the way with five assists and a season-best seven steals.

Johnson, a senior guard, then finished with her first double-double of the season as she had 20 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 10 rebounds, and three assists.

Freshman guard Victoria Washington (FR/Fredericksburg, VA) then finished with 7 points, four boards, two assists and a steal while junior guard Taylor Sehm-Crowley (JR/Concord, NC) had 11 points to complete the quartet of double-figure scorers. Sehm-Crowley also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

SAU falls to 5-22 overall and 2-20 in the conference with the loss while Allen improves to 13-17 overall and 9-13 in the AAC.

SAU will next be in action when they head to the AAC Tournament in Kingsport, TN on Wednesday for a first round game set to begin at 10:15 a.m. Opponent is yet to be announced.

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