Lady Red Hawks lose tough Game to Academy of Art University
Simpson University Sports News
REDDING, Calif. - Though their name is not indicative of a school wrought with athletics prowess, Academy of Art University of San Francisco displayed that they are not only creative off the court but on the court as well. The Simpson University Lady Red Hawks put up a valiant fight against the second year NCAA DII program but came up short 71-63.
The first half was a battle of wills for both teams. The Urban Knights built an early 15-4 lead with 12 minutes to play in the first half. The Lady Red Hawks displayed their mental toughness by forcing turnovers from their stalwart defensive effort. The Urban Knights answered with a 10 point run in the next five minutes to work the score back up to 25-15. Once again, the Red Hawks answered the challenge going on a 13-2 run of their own, going into halftime up 28-27. Kayla Rackley led the first half surge for the Red Hawks scoring seven of her 13 points in that time.
After the break, both teams made the necessary adjustments to lessen the scoring swings that defined the first half. Academy of Art’s Sondra Stillwell and Lorraine Etchell took over for the Knights scoring 15 points each in the second half alone. The Red Hawks did not go away quietly. Paige Barret and Liz Thomas combined to score 17points.
With 1:30 to go, Rackley hit a three to bringing the Red Hawks within seven points of the Urban Knights. On the following play, Thomas was fouled wrangling in a defensive rebound. With the Urban Knights in double penalty, Thomas went to the line and connected on both free throws. Academy of Art’s Ashleigh Frazier was fouled at the top of the key and also went to the line connecting on one-of-two free throws. Thomas answered yet again with a 15 foot jump shot to make it a four point game. The Red Hawks were able to play solid defense and stopped the Urban Knights from scoring. With 30 seconds to go, the ball fell into Rackley’s hands. Rackley saw an opening on the right side of the court, drove to the baseline, and took the ball up strong. She was called for an offensive foul giving the ball back to the Academy of Art. It was just a matter of making free throws for the Urban Knights after that as Simpson was forced to foul for the duration of the game.
Simpson finished with four players in double figures: Rackley, Thomas and Barrett. Turnovers hurt the Red Hawks as they gave the ball up 26 times during the contest.
Simpson now faces Western Oregon University on Dec. 4 at home in the Heritage Student Life Center. Tip-off is at 5 p.m.
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