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Late steal, basket keep No. 9 Lady Barons unbeaten

The Brewton-Parker College women's basketball team, which finished the first semester with an unbeaten record and a No. 9 NAIA Division I national rating, improved to 14-0 Monday night with a 67-66 win over Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C.

The win was the Lady Barons' second by one point against Claflin this season, the first a 66-65 squeaker at home Nov. 15, and came after Brewton-Parker (14-0) forced the 29th and the Pantherettes' final turnover in the waning seconds.

With 8.3 seconds remaining, Claflin had a 66-65 lead and the ball under its own basket when sophomore forward Brandi Kea of Statesboro applied pressure on the in-bounds pass, which junior guard-forward Tamika Drinks of Mount Vernon deflected and stole near the mid-court line.

Drinks passed the ball underneath to senior forward Crystal McNeil of Pensacola, Fla., who then fed a back-door pass to junior guard Ashley Little for the go-ahead lay-up with 2.0 seconds left.

"We couldn't have drawn it up any better," said Lady Barons coach Sheila Simmons, adding that Claflin got off a half-court shot at the buzzer but missed the mark to give Brewton-Parker the victory.

The win came despite Brewton-Parker's 30 turnovers and 38.7 percent shooting that included just 1-for-19 (5.3 percent) from 3-point range.

The Pantherettes were 49.2 percent accurate from the floor, but combined with their 29 turnovers was 39 percent free-throw shooting (5-for-13) while the Lady Barons hit 72 percent from the line (18-for-25).

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, then with three weeks off it was that much tougher," said Simmons, whose team also was out-rebounded 42-34.

"We practiced hard after the break, but you can't simulate game-type situations in practice. They had played a couple of games and were more fine-tuned. Defensively we did a great job."

Junior guard Dannisha Winfrey of Paterson, N.J., led the Lady Barons with 17 points and had six of the team's 17 steals. Little followed with 15 points and Kea added 10. Drinks was the team-leading rebounder with seven rebounds, while junior guard Trivia Richardson of Dublin had a team-high five assists.

The Lady Barons followed the victory by moving up one spot to No. 8 in the NAIA I ratings that were released late Tuesday afternoon.

On the court, Brewton-Parker returns to Southern States Athletic Conference action Thursday when the Lady Barons travel to Marietta to play Southern Polytechnic State University beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Brewton-Parker then plays host to Berry College in conference action Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gillis Gymnasium before the Lady Barons travel to Franklin Springs on Monday to face Emmanuel College beginning at 6 p.m.


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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM