Nov. 28, 2012 – After winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Championship last season, the Lady Wildcats of Fort Valley State University began the 2012-13 campaign against a team that knocked them out of post-season play one year ago. The Lady Wildcats tipped off this season against the Lady Blazers of Valdosta State University on Nov. 15 in the campus’ Health and Physical Education Complex.
While the Lady Wildcats were looking to avenge last year’s loss to the Lady Blazers in the first round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs, FVSUcould not overcome a disappointing shooting percentage in the 66-55 loss. The Lady Wildcats shot just 25 percent (18 of 71 shots) from the floor; while, the Lady Blazers made 26 of their 61 shot attempts (42.6 percent).
Carmenonique Dawson was the lone Lady Wildcat in double-figures with 14 points. The Lady Blazers were led by four players in double-figures including Kourtnee Williams who finished with a game-high 17 points and Britteny Nelson who added 16 points.
After the season opener, the Lady Wildcats hosted the inaugural Jessie Brown Challenge, Nov. 24 -25, on the FVSU campus. In addition to the Lady Wildcats, the field of teams participating in the inaugural challenge included the Lady Rams of Albany State University; the Lady Cougars of Columbus State University and the Lady Hurricanes of Georgia Southwestern State University.
On the first day of the Challenge, the Lady Wildcats got their first win of the season by defeating the Lady Hurricanes, 60-54. Jayme Gilbert,D’Ambria Thomas, and Carmenonique Dawson had 12 points each forFVSU. As a team, the Lady Wildcats made 23 of 60 shot attempts; while, the defense held Georgia Southwestern to 17 field goals on 57 shot attempts.
On day two, the Lady Wildcats rolled to their second win of the year with 78-72 win over Columbus State. Trailing 43-35 at halftime, the Lady Wildcats scored 43 points in the second half and held the Lady Cougars to just 29 points in the last 20 minutes for the win. AntionnaJefferson led the Lady Wildcats with 14 points. Carmenonique Dawson,Katice Williams and Briana Shepherd added nine points each.
Now 2-1, the Lady Wildcats will return to action on Dec. 4 when they travel to Valdosta, Ga. for a re-match with the Lady Blazers of ValdostaState University. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 8 p.m.
The two wins also puts Lady Wildcat Head Coach Lonnie Bartley just five wins away from becoming the All-Time Winningest Coach in the History of HBCU Women’s Basketball. He trails the late Nelson Brownlee of Claflin University who holds the record with 623 wins.
FVSU Office of Sports Information