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Wingate dominates Newberry in Women’s Basketball SAC Tournament Quarterfinals

Rachael Robinson, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Women’s Basketball team, ranked #21, (24-4) took an early lead against the Newberry Wolves (16-12) as Danasia Witherspoon scored for the Bulldogs within the first 30 seconds of play.

The Bulldogs would never relinquish their lead, winning 65-42.

At the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs found their way to a 17-6 lead against Newberry. By the end of the first half they had increased their lead to 30-17. The third quarter was controlled by Wingate again and their lead grew to 43-25 and In the fourth quarter, Newberry try to mount a comeback, but it was too late.

Wingate’s leading scorer on the season, Marta Miscenko, was locked down by the Wolves’ defense and held to four points during the game. Caroline Averette, Danasia WItherspoon, and Courtney Robinson were there to pick up the slack. Each was able to make it into double digits during the game as Averette lead the scoring  for Wingate with 15 points and Witherspoon lead the Bulldogs in rebounds with 13.

Head Coach Ann Hancock said the game was easy on her. She wasn’t worried about the lead possession by possession.  “I think they came out with a sense of urgency.”

Wingate came into this tournament after winning the last two SAC Championship Tournaments. Both teams were playing for a chance to play in the semifinals on Saturday.

“This is what we’ve worked for all season, to advance and go for the championship.” said Hancock.

Wingate ended the game with a total of 53 rebounds. Coach Hancock said, “It’s something we’ve been talking about.” She referred to the old saying and how her team uses it when describing their games, “O sells tickets, D wins games and Rs win championships.”

The next step toward the championship will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Furman University against Anderson University.

When asked about what the future holds Hancock said, “Anderson will be ready for us, and we’ll be fired up for them.”

Edited by Brendan Shriver


Wingate Men’s Basketball rallies to beat Coker in overtime on Logan’s jumper

Brendan Shriver, Staff Writer

In a wild game that featured 10 ties and 15 lead changes, Wingate (15-14) won their home SAC Tournament quarterfinal game Wednesday  against the Coker Cobras (12-17), rallying from an 11-point second half deficit and winning in overtime 76-75 on a jumper with 20 seconds left by Emarius Logan.

Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, with Devarious Christian leading Wingate with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Jeremy Williams scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Neico Robinson also had 13 points and five rebounds and Logan had 11 points and four assists. Finally, Marco Haskins and Kendrick Tucker had good contributions for Wingate, with Haskins recording seven points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals and Tucker posted six points, four rebounds and three steals.

Khalil Halls lead the visitors with 27 points on 10-of-22 shooting, including five three-pointers. Donte Samuels scored 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Demarco Jackson also had 12 points for the Cobras.

For the game, Wingate shot 41.9 percent from the field while Coker shot 41 percent from the floor. But the most crucial statistics were the turnovers and rebounds. Coker out-rebounded Wingate 47-34 and the Bulldogs scored 22 points off of 18 Coker turnovers.  

In the first half, Wingate’s largest lead was six. However, Coker rallied to tie it with a minute left but a Quantra Taylor layup at the buzzer sent Wingate into the locker room up 35-33.

In the second half, Wingate took a four-point lead, but Coker went on a 12-0 run to take a 45-37 lead with 16 minutes left. The Cobras then extended their lead to 11 on a Halls three-pointer. But the rest of the game was a back-and-forth affair, with each team going on multiple runs.

Wingate then cut it to six, only to have Coker extend it back to nine. However, Wingate went on a 7-0 run to get within two at 55-53 with nine minutes left. Coker then countered with a 10-2 run to take a 65-57 lead with six minutes left but Wingate quickly rallied to tie the game.

In the last minute, Christian gave the Bulldogs the lead on two free throws but a Halls tip-in in the dying seconds sent it to overtime at 69.

The extra period was marked by answer after answer, eventually with Logan hitting the game-winner and after two turnovers in the last 15 seconds, a Halls missed jumper and defensive rebound by Taylor gave Wingate the victory.

Wingate Head Coach Brian Good said, “Our bench was so important tonight, with us being short-handed.” “I thought it was a gritty, tough-nosed win. Really proud of the winning plays that our guys made with the game on the line late in regulation and in overtime.”

Wingate moves on to the SAC Tournament semifinals and will face #1 Lincoln Memorial (28-1) on Saturday in Greenville, S.C. while Coker ends its season at 12-17 overall. LMU swept the regular-season series against Wingate, going 20-0 in SAC play.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Miscenko stands out as WU women’s hoops heads for postseason

Ryan J. MacKintosh, Staff Writer

For some Bulldogs the future ending of the season means a break is near, giving time to recover for the next season, but for others, like senior star center Marta Miscenko of Latvia, this is the end of their collegiate career, after a life full of schooling involving basketball.

Miscenko, who was just named the South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year in women’s basketball, is having quite a season.

She is averaging 16.9 points and 7 rebounds a game. while shooting a little above 50 percent. She is also no stranger to blocked shots, recording 65 this season.

While being off the court, not much changes for Miscenko, who stays around her teammates, stating “I really enjoy spending time with my teammates off the court. When I am not with them, I enjoy just listening to music, watching movies, and nap every once in a while.”  When asked what has been her driving factor for success this season it is clear how much the sport means to her, “The biggest driving factor for me this season was the fact that as much as I would love to, I will never be able to do this again. So I want to give everything I have and have no regrets later.”  

There is no denying the success of this basketball team or Miscenko individually. “The SAC is a conference with great teams. Every time when its game day, we come prepared because we know that no matter who we play, it will always be a great team and we can’t have any slip ups, especially with tournament time approaching.”

Miscenko had to say on overlooking lower ranked opponents, “With the competitive nature and skill level, there is no telling how far this team could go.” Misckenko described this team as, “Unique, diverse, and a partnership.”

After being asked what her expectations for the remainder of the season were, Miscenko gave a humble answer while remaining confident. “Most importantly, we have to take on one game at a time. We should just play each game like it is our last and move on forward as far as we can. For many teams the season is almost over, I believe that for us, the most interesting part just has begun.”  There is no telling where Miscenko will find herself after graduation, but one thing is for sure, if she works as hard as she does here at Wingate University, the sky’s the limit, much like with her team.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate comes back on Miscenko’s strong second half performance

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

Marta Miscenko’s 28 point effort pushes #21 Wingate (19-3, (13-2 SAC) to a 70-59 SAC victory over LMU (13-10, 9-8 SAC).

Wingate won their eighth straight game thanks to efforts from Wingate University senior center Marta Miscenko, who recorded her 22nd career double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Bulldogs in another South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory over Lincoln Memorial University Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena.

The defending South Atlantic Conference tournament champions are undefeated at home with a 12-0 record during the 2017-18 season. Bulldog juniors Caroline Averette, Danasia Witherspoon, and Courtney Robinson combined for 31 points in the win.

For Lincoln Memorial, junior guard Emily Griffith had 17 points. Freshman center Cameryn DuBose matched Miscenko’s double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Shea Coker contributed 11 points in the loss.

Box Score Notables

LMU lead Wingate 44-43 at the end of the third quarter. Wingate outscored LMU 27-15 in the fourth quarter.

Miscenko had 13 points alone in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs shot 80 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter.

LMU shot 26 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter.

Wingate outrebounded LMU 41-32. Witherspoon had nine rebounds.

The game changed leads eight times.

What happened

First Quarter: LMU led Wingate 16-14 after the first quarter. Wingate went only 4-of 22 from the floor shooting a low 18.2 percent. The first quarter alone had four tie scores and four lead changes.

Second Quarter: Lincoln Memorial gained an eight point advantage in the first minutes in the second quarter, which was LMU’s biggest lead of the afternoon. Wingate outscored LMU 11-2 to end the second quarter putting the Bulldogs up 30-28 at halftime. Miscenko lead the way with 11 points in the first half.

Third Quarter: Wingate added to their halftime lead by scoring the first 6 points of the period. LMU responded immediately scoring eight unanswered points to tie the game 36-36 on a three-point field goal by junior guard Rachel Griffith. LMU outscored the Bulldogs to make the score 44-40 LMU with 1:24 to go but Wingate junior guard Taylor Helms answered with a three-point field goal on the other end to finish the scoring in the third.

Fourth Quarter: A strong fourth quarter ended the game for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs responded went on a 10-0 run, concluded by two Witherspoon free throws with 3:18 left, which gave Wingate its largest lead of the afternoon at 61-47. LMU would not get within seven points in the final stretch and Miscenko made five-of-six field goals and three-of-four free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs turn the tide.

“Once again, the second effort was strong. Marta came alive in the second half and gave them some problems. We did a good job of getting her the ball where she could be successful. Winning the boards and getting to the line was big. Every game is important and this one was no different. We know winning at home is crucial,” Wingate Head Coach Ann Hancock said.

“Our team really comes alive in the fourth quarter defensively. We feel like there’s a certain sense of urgency that our team has. We were able to buckle down and get a good win,” Marta Miscenko said.

Wingate will be on the road against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (14-11, 8-9 SAC) on Wednesday, February 14th at 6 pm.

Edited by Brendan Shriver


Wingate blown out by LMU in Men’s Basketball

Philip Harris, Staff Writer

The Wingate Men’s Basketball team (12-12, 9-7 SAC) was unable to keep up with the high-powered #1 team in the country, falling to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (23-1, 17-0 SAC) 93-65 on Saturday afternoon.

Wingate started the game off hot, jumping out to a 13-10 lead early in the first half of the game. LMU, however, scored the next eight points to take an 18-13 lead on a Dorian Pinson layup with 9:16 left in the half. The Bulldogs were able to pull within three on a Marco Haskin’s three-point play, but the Railspittters went on to score 19 out of the next 21 points and the visitors led 49-29 at halftime.

“We got away from the game plan for a brief moment, but that is all it takes against them,” said coach Brian Good when asked about the first half.     

The second half didn’t get any better for the Bulldogs with the Railsplitters going on a 21-5 run pushing the lead to a game-high of 34 points. Jeremy Williams scored 8 straight points for Wingate to chop the lead down to 26. The closest the Bulldogs got the rest of the way was 22 points.

Trevon Shaw led the Railsplitters with 24 points while shooting eight-of-12 from three-point range. Emanuel Terry also had 22 points and 11 rebounds going eight-for-11 from the field.

Freshman guard Kendrick Tucker had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs offense, and also added three steals and two rebounds. Junior guard Marco Haskins also had 14 points along with five rebounds.

Wingate will look to rebound on Wednesday when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 8-9 SAC) for an 8pm tip off.

Edited by Brendan Shriver  

Bulldogs come up short against Queens in men’s basketball

Wessli-Ann Hardee, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team (12-11, 9-6 SAC) put up a strong fight against the #2 team in the country, Queens University (22-1, 14-1 SAC), but unfortunately fell short of a victory with a score of 88 – 71, on Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena.

“It will take a perfect game to beat the #2 team in the country,” said Wingate Assistant coach Marcus Kirkland before Wednesday night’s game.

A perfect game was what the Bulldogs strived for, as they put up a strong first half against the Royals.

Marco Haskins started the first half with a 3-pointer in the first minute of play. The Bulldogs trailed the Royals the entire first half, as it seemed the Royals had an answer for Wingate’s every move. The Bulldogs were down by eight with a score of 41-33 going into halftime.

“I felt we played very hard to start the game. We threw them off with our zone and it took them a while to figure it out,” said Wingate senior guard Zeriq Lolar.

The Bulldogs came out with a vengeance in the second half. They were within two points against the Royals, six minutes into the half after a dunk by Quantra Taylor.

But due to several turnovers in the last 14 minutes, the Bulldogs allowed the Royals to overtake them, sending them to their 11th loss of the season.

“Once the second half started, we had a good energy, but then around the 12-minute mark we fell apart and didn’t play well. We lacked communication within our zone and that led to wide open layups and threes,” said Lolar.

Hoskins lead the team with 21 total points, followed by Lolar with 10 points and Quantra Taylor grabbed 11 rebounds. Todd Withers lead the Royals with 19 points, going 8-of-12 from the field and Ike Agusi led the Royals in the rebounding column with four.

The Bulldogs have now lost four straight games to Queens after beating the Royals twice during the regular season last year. Queens defeated Wingate in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship Game and in the first round of the Division II Regionals a year ago.

The Bulldogs are back in action when they face Lincoln Memorial (22-1, 16-0 SAC) on Saturday, at 4 p.m. in Cuddy Arena. LMU is leading the conference and is #1 in the nation in Division II, so Wingate must regroup quickly if they want to pull off a monumental upset after taking #2 Queens to the wire for most of the game.  

Edited by Brendan Shriver


Bulldogs defeat Queens in women’s basketball

Brendan Shriver, Staff Writer

Wingate (18-3, 12-2 SAC) defeated Queens (4-17, 1-11 SAC) in a South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball game on Wednesday night at Cuddy Arena by a final score of 68-51. After a tight first quarter, the Bulldogs broke the game open from there, shooting 46.3 percent from the field for the game and 63.6 percent from the field in the third quarter. Queens shot 43.5 percent from the floor for the game and 63.6 percent in the third quarter.

For Wingate, Caroline Averette and Zasha Barrett led the Bulldogs with 17 and 12 points, respectively, including Averette shooting 3-of-5 from three-point range and both shooting 5-of-9 overall. Marta Miscenko and Courtney Robinson also had fantastic games for Wingate, as they each grabbed 7 rebounds. Lade Adepoju led Queens with 18 points, scoring 18 points, including 12 after the first quarter and shooting 6-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line.

In the first quarter, Queens led for only 58 seconds, at 2-0 after winning the opening tip and scoring on their opening possession. Averette immediately answered with a three-pointer and Wingate never trailed again. It was a sloppy and low-scoring quarter and when the game was tied at eight, the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter up 15-8.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs got their first double-digit lead of the night at 21-10, forcing Queens to call a timeout. But after an 18-4 run by Queens and then and 8-0 run by Wingate, the Bulldogs went into the locker room up 30-22.

In the third quarter, Wingate took a 45-27 lead, representing their largest lead of the game. Foul trouble began to mount for both teams, as two players for the Royals picked up their second foul and Miscenko got called for her third. At the end of the quarter, Wingate led 52-40.

In the final quarter, Averette continued her hot-shooting night and on the defensive end, the Bulldogs drew a thunderous charge at the beginning of the frame. The fouls picked up at a rapid pace, as Queens finished the game with two players with four fouls. Taylor Helms (Monroe, N.C.) concluded the scoring for the night with a three and the Bulldogs then ran out the clock.

“A win is a win,” Bulldogs Head Coach Ann Hancock said. “We were a little rusty and not smooth for sure. Maybe not playing on Saturday showed up a little bit today. Some of our players have been a bit under the weather as well. We didn’t look really sharp but it’s good to get a win at home.”

This past weekend, the Bulldogs’ game at Tusculum (14-6, 9-5) was cancelled due to some Tusculum players having the flu. It ended up playing a factor into the way the Bulldogs played tonight, both due to the game being cancelled and also because some of Wingate’s players weren’t feeling well. Coach Hancock explained how the preparation changes when her team has players that couldn’t go 100 percent on any given day.

“You just do the best you can for whoever’s at practice. I thought Danasia played a really good game today. She hasn’t been at practice for the last three or four days. But she sucked it up and had a really nice performance. You just do the best you can and have a little bit of toughness and we did.”

Wingate will be at home against Lincoln-Memorial (13-7, 9-7 SAC) this Saturday at 2 p.m. Queens visits #3 Carson-Newman (22-1, 14-1 SAC) on Saturday at 2 p.m.   

Edited by Brendan Shriver