Concordia’s Malashia Chandler, right, attacks the basket against Selma University’s Crystal Turk during Wednesday’s game at Concorida. Concordia won 64-53. -- Robert Hudson

Lady Hornets fight off comeback to defeat Lady Bulldogs

Published 11:36pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Concordia College Lady Hornets held off a late comeback attempt to defeat the Selma University Lady Bulldogs 64-53 at home on Wednesday.

Eric Jackson, head women’s basketball coach of Concordia College (5-11), said his team withstood adversity during Wednesday’s win.

“I always tell my girls that adversity doesn’t make character, it exposes character,” Jackson said. “They showed real good character, real good poise tonight.”

Ron Rembert, head women’s basketball coach of Selma University (4-8), said the Lady Bulldogs were in reach late, but were hurt by some key mistakes.

“Overall, I thought we were up and down. I thought we started the game very slow, very sluggish,” Rembert said. “We did make a run in the second half. We got it under double digits, but we just didn’t get a couple plays that we thought were going to fall our way. We didn’t get them to fall our way and they capitalized off mistakes that we made. Credit to them, they did what they had to do to win this game. I think we did enough to ourselves to lose the game.”

Concordia held a 50-28 lead in the second half before Selma’s Terica Craig hit a 3-pointer to make it a 50-31 game with 11:42 left to play.

After a stop on defense, the Lady Bulldogs found Craig open behind the arch again for another three that brought Selma closer at 50-34 with 10:50 left.

Craig hit a free throw, and teammate Crystal Turk hit a 3-pointer that put Selma within 12 at 50-38 with 9:48 left.

Concordia finally responded, as Pashen Thompson scored under the basket to extend the Lady Hornets’ lead to 52-38, but Turk scored on back-to-back trips up the court to make it a ten-point game at 52-42 with 8:18 left to play.

Concordia’s Rashida Young answered back with a basket and Tierra Newell hit two free throws to make the score 56-42 with 7:29 left.

Selma’s Mercedes Scott hit a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 Lady Bulldogs run that also included baskets by Turk and Alesha Arnold that brought the Lady Hornets’ lead down to single digits at 56-49 with 4:46 left to play.

But Concordia’s Ashley Fields hit a three and Teresa Hill scored in the paint to put the lead back at double digits at 61-49 with 3:22 left.

Selma got the lead back down to nine points with shots from Treasure Baker and Arnold, but got no closer the rest of the way.

Young led Concordia with 14 points, while Newell had 10 points, and Shameka Hayes and Hill each had 9 points for the Lady Hornets.

Turk led the Lady Bulldogs with 18 points, while Craig had 16 points and Scott had 5 points for Selma.

Selma will take the floor again Jan. 26 at home against Concordia starting at 7 p.m., while Concordia will play again Wednesday at home against Clark Atlanta starting at 5:30 p.m.

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