SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong State University women's basketball squad finished the 3rd Annual BJ Ford Classic with a perfect 2-0 mark after knocking off Livingstone College, 77-66, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
The Pirates (2-3) were the only team to be unbeaten on the weekend as Barton defeated Clayton State, 74-65, in the day's first contest for each team to finish 1-1. Livingstone dropped to 1-2 on the season after losing both games in Savannah this weekend.
Similar to last night's win over Barton, the Pirates opened up the contest on a big run, scoring the game's first seven points en route to a 14-3 run over the first three and a half minutes. The Pirates would push that lead to as many as 16 in the second quarter before eventually settling on an 11-point halftime lead, 35-24.
Livingstone would get to within three points, 52-49, with 2:29 left in the third quarter after a Brittany Taylor bucket, but the Pirates would close the half on 10-4 run to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter, 62-53, and close out the double-digit win.
Armstrong State placed four players in double figures, led by senior Brigitta Barta's 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 from the free throw line. Junior Mercedes Jenkins added a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, while sophomore Brianna Gipson and junior Machala Raymonville added 12 points apiece.
Livingstone was led by Brittany Taylor's game-high 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the floork, including 4-of-7 three-pointers and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Bria Patterson added 19 points and Deonna Young chipped in 10 points.
Armstrong State shot 48.1 percent from the floor (25-of-52), while hitting just 3-of-13 three-pointers (23.1 percent) but nailing 24-of-31 free throws (77.4 percent). Livingstone shot just 33.8 percent from the floor (23-of-68) but hit 9-of-24 three-pointers (37.5 percent) and hit 11-of-18 free throws (61.1 percent). The Pirates outrebounded the Blue Bears, 41-38, but Livingstone enjoyed a 16-8 edge in offensive rebounds.
The Pirates return to action on Friday, November 25th, facing Palm Beach Atlantic in the Nova Southeastern Thanksgiving Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., at 4:00 p.m.