Women’s Basketball | Sat, Nov. 19, 2022 at 4:30 PM
AVE MARIA, Fla.- The Coastal Georgia women’s basketball team (1-6(0-2)) fell to Ave Maria University (7-1(4-0)) 77-74 on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners were in the game until the very end, but turnovers hurt their chances.
Senior Sonia Forney recorded a career-high 28 points while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out five assists all of which were game-highs.
Joyce Jordan added 16 points and 11 rebounds of her own while Nicole Hofmann recorded 10 points including a clutch three late to give the Mariners a 74-73 lead.
Gabby Litvak and Kelsey Leedle combined for 14 points and point guard Iesha Rhodin dropped in four points while recording four assists and a pair of steals.
For the Gyrenes, Grace Field recorded 20 points, 12 of which came from the free throw line, 11 rebounds and recorded a game-high four steals. Colleen Shanahan was the only other Gyrene to record double-digit points, dropping in 14. Including Field and Shanahan, 10 of the 11 Ave Maria players to step on the floor recorded points.
As a team, the Mariners shot much better from the field than the Gyrenes, but 18 steals by Ave Maria and 25 turnovers by Coastal Georgia made a big difference in the game especially late. Neither team shot well from the three-point line, but the Gyrenes made up for it as they went 25-33 from the charity stripe. On the other side, the Mariners could not find their rhythm at the free throw line, going 14-27.
How It Happened:
1ST QUARTER: The Gyrenes opened the game with a 7-2 lead before Coastal Georgia came back and tied the game at 9-9. From there, the Mariners went on an 11-5 run to take a 20-14 lead into the second quarter.
2nd QUARTER: Coastal Georgia opened up the quarter with a nice and-one play by Sonia Forney to give her team a 23-14 lead. Ave Maria was able to cut into that lead thanks to a 9-2 run that brought them within three points. The Gyrenes knocked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the Mariners’ lead to just 38-37 at the break.
3rd QUARTER: The third quarter was back-and-forth with the largest lead being six by Ave Maria at the 46-40 mark. Coastal Georgia did not go away, however, and retained their one-point after a layup by Forney as the clock hit zero to make it 57-56.
4th QUARTER: The game continued to be a swinging pendulum of momentum. The teams traded big buckets including a Kelsey Leedle corner three to make it 64-61. Gianna Santacroce hit a big three Ave Maria to give them a 70-68 lead but that shot was quickly answered by Gabby Litvak’s corner three to give the Mariners a 71-70 lead. After a Nicole Hofmann three at the 46-second mark, the Gyrenes locked in defensively and forced two turnovers in the final two Coastal Georgia possessions to close out the game 77-74.
The Mariners will travel to take on Brewton-Parker on Nov. 22 at 5:30 pm.