Lady Red Hawks overcome deficit to beat Menlo

Simpson University Sports News

02.22.2010

REDDING, Calif. - In what can only be called a whirlwind comeback, the Simpson University Lady Red Hawks defeated the Menlo College Oaks Saturday, Feb.20 in the Heritage Student Life Center. Down 15 at half, Simpson came storming back in the second and defeated the Oaks 66-55.

Plagued by poor shooting and help defense, the Lady Red Hawks dug themselves in a hole early and were down 17 with four minutes to play in the first half. The Lady Oaks shot 77 percent from beyond the arc in the first half hitting seven three’s to take command of the game.

Coach Pringle made the necessary defensive adjustments at halftime, but as his assistant coach Brandon Smith said while being interviewed by Red Hawk network, “we have to make shots!”

The Red Hawks slowly chipped away at the Oaks’ lead until Liz Thomas went to the free-throw line with 10:58 to play in the second half and took the lead, 42-40. The Red Hawks never looked back once they recaptured the lead, pushing the lead to as much as 12 in the second half.

Kylie Shaw, who sliced and diced her way in the key for 15 points, led Simpson. Seniors Dominique Simmons and Alyssa Foster each scored 12; Foster also grabbed 10 rebound for the double-double. Simpson shot 70 percent from the field in the second half going 17-for-24.

Menlo was led by Gianna Covarelli who scored 16 points. The Simpson defense caused problems in the second half for the Oaks, limiting them offensively to only 20 percent shooting from the field.

With the win Simpson goes into the play-offs as the third seeded team in Cal Pac. Simpson will play Pacific Union College at home on Wednesday, Feb. 24 in the Heritage Student Life Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Live video and audio cast will be available via the Internet from the Simpson University web site: http://http://simpsonu.edu/livebball.

 
Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
dpringle@simpsonu.edu
(530) 226-4731