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Archer Women Stave Off Bears for Fifth Win

December 01, 2011

Paige Laird  
Freshman Paige Laird pulls down a rebound in STLCC's
64-54 win over the Washington University junior varsity
team.

Midway through the first half of Wednesday’s 64-54 victory over Washington University’s junior varsity team, St. Louis Community College looked to be headed for a route. As it turned out, the Achers’ big early lead, which peaked at 23-7 in the first half, would be more necessary than expected.

The Archers’ early advantage helped to stave off a late charge by the Bears, who mounted a second-half rally despite having just seven players on their roster.

As they have become accustomed to doing, the Archers spread their scoring remarkably evenly, with three players finishing in double figures in scoring, and one with nine points. Sophomore forward Shonnisha Davis (Normandy) led the Archers with 13 points. Davis registered the game’s only double-double, as she also led STLCC with 15 rebounds.

The Archers were able to shake off a rough shooting night by working their way to the free-throw line frequently, including 18 times in the second half. For the game, STLCC was 17 of 24 from the charity stripe.

Datona Ball  
Datona Ball looks for a teammate in STLCC's win
over the Washington University JV squad. Ball
scored nine points and pulled down six rebounds.

With the win, the Archers improved to 5-1 on the season, with each of the team’s wins coming by double-digit margins. However, after gaining the large early lead, this one was not without its dicey moments.

“As a team, we have to be a little more consistent,” said freshman forward Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.), who finished Wednesday’s game with nine points and six rebounds. “But I have no worries. We’re just now coming together, and in time, we’ll be unstoppable.”

The Archers host the STLCC Classic Friday and Saturday at Forest Park. STLCC takes on Salt Lake College at 7 p.m. Friday, then faces Kaskaskia College at 4 p.m. Saturday. Kaskaskia opens the classic against Logan College of Chiropractic at 5 p.m. Friday. Logan and Salt Lake square off at 2 p.m. Saturday.