The Winthrop Lady Eagles continued their romp through their early season schedule on Saturday as the team defeated William & Mary 84-71. The first part of a basketball doubleheader at Winthrop Coliseum saw five Lady Eagles score double-digit points, including two double-double performances.
The first half started off with the Tribe getting out to an early six-point lead three minutes in. Winthrop appeared to be climbing back in it thanks to points from senior guard Dequesha McClanahan and sophomore forward Pamela Decheva, but the Tribe had an answer for everything that was thrown at them. It was then that freshman Zoe Vernon came off the bench and scored seven straight points that gave the Lady Eagles their first lead of the contest.
It was a lead that would not be given up for the rest of the game.
Vernon continued to shine in the her most-played minutes of the season, finishing with 13 points and three rebounds as she filled in for injured junior forward Taylor Calvert.
“I just knew I had to step up with Taylor being out,” Vernon said postgame. “Obviously we’ll be really happy when she comes back, and she plays a big role on the boards.”
Winthrop got help from McClanahan, sophomore Schaquilla Nunn and junior Samiya Wright on their way to shooting a total 42% from the field as they brought a 38-24 lead into halftime.
With the game well in hand going into the locker room, the Lady Eagles came out looking to finish things off in a hurry.
Despite holding a double-digit lead throughout the entire second half, the Tribe made some shots, but not enough to stop the Lady Eagles’ offensive onslaught. Led by another double-digit point performance from freshman Erica Williams, Winthrop was able to make good decisions and shoot 54% from the floor in the second half on their way to the 84-71 rout.
Williams, McClanahan and Nunn all had double-doubles for the Lady Eagles in the contest, as Williams leading the team in scoring with 19 points. Wright also found herself with 13 points, a season high for her. The team also dominated the battle down low, picking up a near season-high 56 total rebounds, as well as scoring 48 points in the paint.
As for the status of Calvert, head coach Kevin Cook said that the injury she suffered in last Monday’s win over Saint Louis is a severe ankle sprain. He also said that her status is “day to day” and that it is possible she will be held out again as Winthrop travels to Charlotte for a matchup with the Lady 49ers on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.