Lady Panthers Weekly Wrap Up: Coley Baker Makes GC History
The Lady Panthers are coming off of a split week, losing to Westminster on Wednesday and securing a win against Blackburn on Saturday. The week started off a bit grisly as the ladies fought on the road. Westminster went on a quick 9-0 run before freshman point guard, Claire Schmitt, ended the bleeding with two consecutive jump shots. After a first half in which the Blue Jays shot an astounding 7-11 from the three-point line, the Lady Panthers were only down by seven. Coming out of the second half, the Blue Jays took over from where they left off on a quick three pointer by Sadie Theroff. Despite shooting 50 percent from the field, the Panthers would trail the rest of the game and ended up losing 81-71. Emily Gundy led the team with 16 points and Miranda Murray added 13 off the bench.
On Saturday the ladies finished up their final road trip of the season with a nailbiting overtime win against Blackburn. The first half was a back and forth battle, but Greenville found themselves in the hole 26-32 at the half time horn. The second half continued in the same style, no team taking a clear advantage. With 48 seconds left, Blackburn forward Shelby Smith made a three point shot to give the Beavers a three- point lead. Gundy tried to fight back, but missed a three-pointer of her own. However, the Panthers forced a turnover at the 16 second and Coach Mulholland was able to call a 20 second timeout. After the timeout, Schmitt drew a foul and made two free throws, making the score 60-61 in favor of the Beavers. The Panthers had to play the foul game, but Blackburn’s Charitee Goodman converted on both free throws. Down by three with 12 seconds left, the Panthers looked again to senior leader, Gundy. At the five-second mark Gundy got her shot and drained a game tying three-pointer to force an overtime period. In overtime the Ladies went on a 6-0 run thanks to another good showing off the bench from Murray. More back and forth scoring proceeded, but the Panthers were able to hold on to the lead and finish the game with a 74-70 victory. Schmitt led the team in scoring shooting 100 percent from the field for 23 points. A dramatic night complemented with phenomenal overall team play surprisingly overshadowed one incredible personal feat. Sophomore forward, Coley Baker recorded her first career triple-double on the night with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and a record setting 18 blocks. The 18 blocks ties the NCAA division III single game record for blocked shots in a game set in 1995 by Laurie Miller of Eastern Mennonite. Baker leads the SLIAC with 71 blocks on the year and owns the Greenville College record for most career blocks. With two years left of eligibility she has a chance to set the mark really high. The Lady Panthers record now stands at 8-12. Come support your Lady Panthers this weekend Sat. Feb. 15, as they take on Fontbonne at home.