Southwest sweeps Bishop State

Published 12:00am Sunday, November 10, 2013

SUMMITT – Behind Katrina Littlepage’s 18 points, the Lady Bears picked up their first win of the season Thursday night with a 64-49 win over the visiting Lady Wildcats of Bishop State Community College (Mobile, Ala.).

In men’s action, it was an ugly win, but a win just the same, as the Bears moved to 2-0 on the season with an 85-72 win over visiting Bishop State (1-1)

Southwest remains at home for their next game as they host the Mississippi Delta Trojans and Lady Trojans Monday night. Tipoff is set for 5:30 for the women’s game and 7:30 for the men’s game.

Southwest 64, Bishop State 49 

The game was tight in the first half with Bishop State’s (0-1) Aundre Adams’ 15 points helping.

Littlepage picked up 10 of her points in the first 20:00 of play.

The Lady Bears (1-1) stepped up their game in the second half. An Eyonna Wolfe three-pointer put the home team up 47-30 with 9:25 left in the game. After that, Bishop State was able to come only as close as eight points, 50-42, with less than 5:00 to play.

“Our first half was very sluggish,” said Southwest head coach Brent Harris. “But, April Levy got us going defensively in the second half, which got our entire team going. We still have a long way to go, but progress was made tonight.”

Levy followed Littlepage in scoring for the Lady Bears with 14 points. Also in double figures were Cortney Epting, with 13 points, and Tee Myers, who had a double-double, with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Wolfe had three points in the game, while Elayne Robinson registered two points. Damiya McCullough and Raven Reyes both scored one point each. The Lady Bears made good on 15 of 26 free throws.

Adams topped Bishop State’s offense with 18 points on the night. The Lady Wildcats hit four of 12 charity shots.

Southwest 85, Bishop State 72 

Bishop State’s Remondo Harris nailed a three-pointer less than a minute into the game to put the visitors on top. But the Bears quickly got on track, and when Twymond Howard hit a bucket with 15:10 to play in the half, they found themselves on top 15-5.

The Wildcats closed the gap to four points on three occasions, but the Bears held firm and went into the locker room with a 43-32 lead at the half.

The second half belonged to the Bears as their lead never fell below double digits. When Xavion Dillon hit a jumper with 11:47 on the clock, the lead had ballooned to 22 points, 65-43.

A Haylen Washington layup with 0:03 on the clock brought the Wildcats to their closest point of the final half and provided the final margin of victory for Southwest.

“We felt like we were the team that lost,” said Southwest head coach Casey Carter, “and we were the team that won the game. You’ve got to be happy and blessed with the opportunity to get to 2-0. But, we didn’t play our best, and there are a lot of different reasons for that.

“It’s early in the year,” he continued, “and we’re still trying to figure ourselves out. We’ve got to be able to come out here and respond and play for 40 minutes. I didn’t think we did that tonight. But we won, and that’s a positive.”

Howard led four Bears in double figures with 22 points in the game. Chris Jones and Corey Williams both added 14 points while Jaylen Moore picked up 11.

Jamal Hester and Deione Weeks both registered nine points in the game while Dillon, Justin McCray and Christian Robbins all scored two. The Bears hit 26 of 39 free throws.

Bishop State was led by Washington’s 27 points. The Wildcats hit 19 of 26 free throws.