NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College women's basketball team held off a fourth-quarter charge by visiting Armstrong State University to pick up a 67-64 victory on Wednesday evening in Newberry, S.C.
The Wolves remain unbeaten on the season, improving to 3-0, while the Pirates fall to 3-0 on the young season. Armstrong State will return to action on Friday, hosting Barton at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd Annual B.J. Ford Classic at Alumni Arena.
Newberry outscored the Pirates 18-7 in the second quarter to take a 34-20 lead into halftime. Armstrong State outscored the Wolves by one in the third quarter and went into the fourth quarter trailing by 13 points, 50-37.
The Pirates outscored the Wolves 9-2 in the first five minutes of the final quarter to close to within six, 52-46, with five minutes remaining. Newberry pushed that lead back out to nine, but a Machala Raymonville three-pointer with 51 seconds left brought the Pirates back to within six, 61-55. Newberry made 6-of-6 free throws in the final minute to clinch the win as a last-second basket by junior Mercedes Jenkins accounted for the final three-point margin.
Jenkins finished the game with 16 points for the Pirates, as did senior Brigitta Barta, who scored all 16 points in the second half to go with 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Raymonville came off the bench to add 15 points.
Newberry was led by Samara Hill's game-high 22 points, along with Meg Essex chipping in 17 points and Nicola Handreck notching 10 points.
Armstrong State shot 37.9 percent from the floor (22-of-58), while Newberry shot 33.9 percent from the floor (21-of-62). The Pirates hit 7-of-19 three-pointers for 36.8 percent while Newberry hit 6-of-19 three-pointers for 31.6 percent. Newberry was perfect from the free throw line on the night, hitting 19-of-19 free throws for 1.000 percent, while Armstrong State made 13-of-17 free throws for 76.5 percent.