Parker’s 34 points spark Panther women
Junior Cheyenne Parker scored a career-high 34 points to goalong with 20 rebounds to lead the High Point University women’s basketball to a 79-72 win at Longwood. Parker was one of four Panthers to score in double digits in the Big South win Thursday at Willett Hall.
Parker’s 34 points came on 14-of-19 shooting from the floor. She also had 20 rebounds, two blocks and one steal in the win. She finished two points shy of the HPU Div. I single-game record set by Erin Reynolds. Reynolds scored 36 against Pittsburgh last season.
“Cheyenne was dominant tonight,” said head coach DeUnna Hendrix. “She battled the entire game and showed a lot of maturity. Lexi Patterson was huge for us in her first career start. She played physical defense and stepped up when we needed her tonight. This was a good road win and hopefully gives us momentum heading in to Saturday at Radford.”
Redshirt-sophomore Lindsay Puckett added 12 points and sophomore Lexi Patterson scored a career-high 11 points. Redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson finished with 10 points, six assists, three blocks and three steals.
Daeisha Brown led the Lancers with 20 points and eight steals and Crystal Smith added 15 points.
The Panthers scored the first six points of the game on two baskets by Parker and a jumper by Patterson. Longwood answered with a 9-2 run, capped by a three pointer by Crystal Smith. It was the 1,000th career point for Smith, who had been sitting at 999 since the Lancers played at High Point on Jan. 24.
High Point improves to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in Big South play with the win. The loss is Longwood’s fifth in a row, dropping the Lancers to 9-14 overall and 6-6 in league play.
High Point will travel to Radford, Va. on Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. matchup with the Highlanders. The Panthers lost to Radford 55-64 on Jan. 26 at the Millis Center. Robertson had 20 points in the game.