20-0 Lady Wolves overwhelm Hinds
UTICA – The Co-Lin Lady Wolves held Hinds scoreless for thefirst 10 minutes of Monday night’s South Division matchup. The endresult was a 76-64 win over the Lady Bulldogs at J.D. BoydGymnasium on the Utica campus of Hinds Community College.
Co-Lin raised its record to 20-0 overall and 9-0 in the SouthDivision. Hinds dropped to 2-19 and 0-9.
Co-Lin is ranked No. 6 in the latest NJCAA poll. The Lady Wolveswill host Pearl River on Thursday with tipoff set for 6 p.m.
It appeared that the Lady Wolves were going to pitch a shutoutduring the first 10 minutes of the game. Tiffany Dales, a 5-9sophomore from Alexandria, La., tossed in six points during theopening minutes. Her quickness was a key point in this earlyscoring spurt.
Hinds could not find the range. Uncontested layups, wide openjumpers and even free throws would not fall for the LadyBulldogs.
Teresa Ball, a 5-5 sophomore from Jackson, put Hinds on thescoreboard at the 10-minute mark with a short jumper from the rightwing. That cut the Co-Lin lead to 15-2.
Because of its height advantage, Co-Lin went to the inside game.Mindy Livaudais, a 6-foot freshman from Chalmette, La., cashed inback-to-back offensive rebounds to increase Co-Lin’s lead to 24-4.Livaudais scored eight points in the first half off offensiveputbacks.
The Lady Wolves held a comfortable 31-12 lead atintermission.
The start of the second half saw Dales and Livaudais combine for10 points to propel Co-Lin to a 41-19 lead. Livaudais finished witha team-high 20 points. Dales added 17.
A basket by Sheritha Simmons gave Co-Lin a 66-24 lead with lessthan six minutes remaining in the contest.
Hinds eventually cut the lead to 12, thanks to a late 14-2 spurtwith two minutes remaining. Ball tossed in 11 of her 21 pointsduring that stretch, including three treys, and went 4-of-4 fromthe field. Raven McLin added a 3-point basket as Hinds made itinteresting at the end.
Co-Lin held off the late rally by the Lady Bulldogs by going tothe charity stripe. Simmons and Melanie Fairchild combined for fivefree throws in the final 1:55 to secure the victory.
“It surely wasn’t pretty out there tonight,” said Lady Wolvescoach Gwyn Young. “We were not focused as we needed to be.”
Livaudais led Co-Lin with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Simmonsscored 17 points. Christy Brown had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Reed scored a game-high 25 points, with 18 coming in the secondhalf.
Co-Lin 76, Hinds 64
Co-Lin (76) Mindy Livaudais 20, Dales 17, Brown 12, Simmons 7,Fairchild 6, Davis 5, Dennie 3, Catchings 2, G. Smith 2, R. Smith2.
Hinds (64) Tomekia Reed 25, Teresa Ball 21, Baker 5, Calvin 5,Welch 4, McLin 3, Nobles 1.
Halftime: Co-Lin 31-12.
Total Fouls: Co-Lin 17. Hinds 23. Fouled Out: Baker, Welch.Technicals: Dennie.
Free Throws M-A: Co-Lin 25-40. Hinds 13-25.
3-point goals: Ball 3, Davis, Dennie, Fairchild, Baker, Calvin,McLin, Reed.
Rebounds: Co-Lin 50 (Livaudais 13). Hinds 45.
Turnovers: Co-Lin 17. Hinds 23. Assists: Co-Lin 12 (Simmons 5).Steals: