HPU women start slow, fall to Gardner-Webb

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 11:33 PM

The High Point University women’s basketball team fought back from an early deficit but ultimately fell at Gardner-Webb 65-57 on Thursday in Big South Conference play. 

Junior center Cheyenne Parker led the Panthers with 26 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Parker went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line. 

“We played better in the second half, but we need to come out with a lot more energy and focus than we have the last few games,” coach DeUnna Hendrix said. “The league is incredibly tight and every game is crucial. I hope the team learns from tonight and can find the focus we need for the final three games of the regular season.”

Junior Tayler Tremblay chipped in 10 points and redshirt-sophomore Stacia Robertson added six points and seven rebounds. Lana Doran led Gardner-Webb with 15 points and Jessica Heilig had 12 points and eight rebounds.

With the loss HPU falls to 15-11 overall and 9-6 in Big South play. Gardner-Webb improves to 12-14 for the season and 5-10 in the league.

High Point trailed by eight at halftime, 33-25, cutting the Bulldogs’ lead to five twice in the second half before falling, 65-57. 

Robertson hit a jumper in the paint to get HPU within five, 51-46. Over the next five minutes Gardner-Webb pushed the lead back to double digits, capping an 11-4 run with a jumper by Candace Brown that made it a 62-50 game with 2:58 to play.

High Point will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday at Presbyterian College. It will be the only meeting between HPU and the Blue Hose this season. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 beginning at 5 p.m.