Denmark, SC- The St. Andrews women's basketball team traveled down to Voorhees College to battle the AII champions of a year ago and after cutting their deficit to 4 early in the second half, SAU could not steal away a win and fell 70-41 Thursday evening.
Both teams got off to slow starts in the first half as they both combined to shoot only 29% from the field as Voorhees went into the half leading 24-16.
The game started to get away from the Knights in the second half, however, as Voorhees started to shoot much better and really began to hit their threes. Guard Kierra Patterson made 4 of 9 from three and led the team with 14 points while the Tigers combined to shoot 51% from the field to put the game away.
St. Andrews (2-7) was led by the good game of forwards Jazmyne Harvey and senior Kimayah Fulcher as well as junior guard Rachel Hewitt. Harvey and Hewitt led with 9 points apiece as Harvey shot 4 of 6 from the field while Hewitt added on two three-pointers to go along with her 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Harvey also just missed her second straight double-double as she finished with 9 rebounds while Fulcher had 6 boards. Junior forward Ja'Quaia Caracter also played well as she had 6 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals.
The Lady Knights were actually able to out rebound Voorhees by an impressive 45-32 margin but the Tiger's hot second half shooting was enough for them to triumph.
Forward Monieke Woods led Voorhees (8-5) with 10 rebounds while guard Daiveena Kemp led with 6 assists and 5 steals for the defending Association of Independent Institutions (AII) champions.
The Lady Knights will now return home for their last home game of the first semester when they host Warren Wilson College (NC) Friday Dec. 14 at 5 pm here at Harris Court.