SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College women’s basketball team used hot three-point shooting and a huge second half performance to coast to an 87-46 victory over visiting Hendrix College on Saturday in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 7-1 overall on the year.
Ann Savage knocked down 6-of-7 from long distance on her way to a game-high 19 points, and the ‘Roos made 15-of-28 from beyond the arc as a team. After leading by just seven points at halftime, the ‘Roos outscored the Warriors 50-16 after the break to run away with the victory.
Austin College jumped out to a 15-6 lead before Hendrix trimmed it to a four point game, but the ‘Roos scored the final four points of the opening quarter to lead 19-11 after one. The margin grew to 28-16 in the second quarter before Hendrix began chipping away, getting as close as six points and ultimately heading into the locker room trailing 37-30.
However, the ‘Roos took full control in the third quarter, with Savage hitting a pair of threes while Caitlyn Collins got into the action with a trey of her own. Bryce Frank and Kacie West each hit a pair of free throws to make it a 52-34 game, and the lead would soon grow to 20 on a triple from West to make it 56-36 with 3:21 left in the third. The ‘Roos would end the quarter leading 65-42.
Austin College continued its hot shooting to open up the fourth, while also limiting the Warriors to just four points in the final frame. Addison Walling and Savage each hit a three to make it 71-42, and Reagan Chiaverini and Bridget Watson buried treys of their own down the stretch and help the ‘Roos cruise to the win.
Along with her 19 points, Savage added five rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals. West came off the bench to knock down 4-of-5 threes and score 16 points, while Frank had her sixth double-double of the year with 14 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists. Chiaverini chipped in 10 points in the victory.
Vinessa Daniel was the lone player in double figures for Hendrix, scoring 15 and adding five rebounds and four steals.
Austin College opens up Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play on Tuesday afternoon when the ‘Roos host Trinity University with tip-time set for 2:00 p.m.
SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College men’s basketball team trailed at halftime but out-scored Hendrix College 58-43 after the break on their way to a 98-89 victory on Saturday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 4-4 overall on the year.
Kam Hogan poured in 26 points to lead the way for the ‘Roos, while Justice Mercadel added 23 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Four players reached double figures for Austin College, as the ‘Roos shot 57.4% from the field and 47.1% from long distance as a team. Austin College shot better than 65% from the field in the second half.
Hendrix took a 10-4 lead early, and maintained their six-point cushion at 21-15 midway through the half. However, the ‘Roos scored six in a row, with Hogan’s free throw squaring things up at 21 apiece at the 8:24 mark. Threes from Derek Lockman and Hogan put Austin College ahead 27-23, but Hendrix fought back and took a 32-31 lead on a three by Seth Stanley with 4:49 on the clock. Five more points from Stanley to close out the half would help the Warriors take a 46-40 lead into the break.
Stanley and Preston Smith each hit a three early in the second half as the Hendrix lead grew to 52-43 with 17:48 left, but Hogan and Mercadel combined for the next nine Austin College points and JP Feider hit one of two free throws to cut it to a 56-53 game with 14:25 to play. Not long after, Hogan converted a four-point play to knot things at 57, and a bucket from Michael Holland and threes from Kameron Hill and Hogan put Austin College ahead 65-61 with 11:35 left.
Austin College started to take full control over the final seven minutes of the game, and Hogan’s trey with 6:35 on the clock made it 78-69. The ‘Roos got their first double-digit lead of the game a minute and a half later when Holland got into the paint and scored to make it 82-72. The lead would grow to as many as 13 points down the stretch as Austin College held off a late attempt at a rally with some clutch free throw shooting in the final minutes.
Hogan hit 9-of-16 of his attempts overall and 4-of-9 from deep to get his 26 points. That total is one point shy of his career best, set earlier this season also against Hendrix. Mercadel made 6-of-9 shots from the field and 11-of-13 from the free throw line, and Holland finished with 18 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Devin Roland chipped in 15 points and six boards in the win.
Stanley led all scorers with 29 points and also had a game-best 10 rebounds for Hendrix, and Smith added 19. Kam Brasfield had 15 points, seven assists, and four steals for the Warriors.
Austin College is home again on Tuesday when they open Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play against Trinity University at 4:00 p.m.