Laurinburg, NC—The St. Andrews University Women's basketball team lost a tough battle with the Virginia Intermont Cobras 65-58 Wednesday evening as SAU's comeback bid in the second half fell short.
Leading the Knights on the evening were guards Mercedes Smith and Rachel Hewitt as they were the only Knights in double figures as they had 10 and 11 points respectively. Smith had a very good game as she played all 40 minutes and led with 6 assists and 1 block. Freshman forward Alexus Davis led in rebounds with 9 while scoring 8 points and a block. Senior Kimayah Fulcher also had a good night with 9 points, 7 boards and 2 steals. Sophomore guard Karin Law shot well too with 8 points on 3 of 5 shooting along with 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
SAU was trailing by 2 at the break, but came out cold and couldn't find the right rhythm until there was about 10 minutes to play. VIC had built their lead to 20 until the Knights went on a run of their own to cut the deficit to 6 with 2 minutes to play. However, St. Andrews could not come up with the winning points as VIC knocked down their free throws for the win.
Both teams struggled with their shooting throughout the game with SAU shooting 39% overall and only 27% from 3 while the Cobras shot 42% from the field. However, VIC won it with improved second half shooting. After only scoring 26 points in the first half, VIC shot 50% overall in the second half and also hit 5 of 7 of their threes.
SAU struggled from the free throw line in the second half as well as their 12 misses helped lead to their loss.
VIC was led by Rainey Story and Kayla Orrick as the two forwards dominated inside the paint combining to score 35 points while together shooting 15 of 22 from the field including 9 of 11 from Orrick.
St Andrews falls to 3-14 and 1-7 in the conference while Va. Intermont improves to 9-11 and 4-4.
The Lady Knights continue their homestand when they return to action this Saturday at 2 pm vs. Columbia College here at Harris Court.