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New transfer Washington sparks Archers to win over Brevard Community College

January 04, 2013

In their first game of the second half of the season, the St. Louis Community College women's basketball team collected its 10th win, thanks to major contributions from its newest member.

Sophomore guard Chanese Washington (Mehlville) scored 19 points in her Archer's debut, second among all scorers to freshman Diamond Suggs' (Cahokia) 20, leading the Archers over Brevard Community College 73-66. Washington produced at the biggest moments on Thursday, twice connecting on three-pointers to help bring the Archers back from a seven-point deficit.

Washington's performance offset, at least for now, the loss of leading scorer Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.), who will miss the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. A fall semester transfer from Lindenwood University-Belleville, the Archers had been awaiting the debut of Washington, but didn't know to what extent she would be able to contribute right away.

"It's been great having her in practice, but you never know until she steps onto the court for the first time in the game. We expected points and we expected good defense," said assistant coach Melanie Marcy.

The Archers received that and more Thursday, as Washington's emergence, along with increased floor time for Suggs and sophomore guard Kirstie Owen (Salem), could figure to be the Archers' method of filling the void left by Ball. Owen and Suggs each played the entire 40 minutes in Thursday's victory. If those two are asked to carry the load in the Archers' backcourt, they're unlikely to voice any complaints.

"Someone like 'K-O,' you just don't see her getting tired," Marcy said. "She's always there. She just takes care of her job for 40 minutes. I don't think she'd be happy if she ever came out. And Diamond plays so much that she wouldn't be real happy if she wasn't on the floor."

In addition to rallying from a seven-point deficit at one point, the Archers trailed 33-31 at the half, before erupting for 42 second-half points to pull away for the win.

The Archers will return home after the one-game trip to Florida, and will return to action Thursday when they host State Fair Community College.