Ricky Baptist, Director of Sports Information
AVE MARIA, Fla. – The first Sun Conference game of the 2020-21 season for the Webber International University women’s basketball team finished with a 63-51 win on the road for the Warriors at Ave Maria University.
In what was the 2020-21 Sun Conference opener for both teams, and was also the first road game of the year for Webber, which improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the TSC so far during the young season while Ave Maria fell to 1-3 and 0-1.
After a very sloppy and low-scoring first half in which the teams combined for 31 turnovers, 17 of which were by the Warriors, the two teams found themselves tied at 25-25.
Webber was only 1-for-8 from three in the first half while Ave Maria shot 50 percent (3-6) from behind the arc in the opening 20 minutes.
But then in the third quarter, Webber hit six 3-pointers, the first three of which came from Dasia Wandick, and then in the final two and a half minutes of the period, the final three each came in a row from Paris Copeland to break a 37-37 tie and singlehandedly give the Warriors a nine-point lead up 46-37 heading into the fourth quarter.
Then in the fourth quarter, Copeland and Wandick both added another 3-pointer to help the Warriors secure the hard-fought win.
In the end, Wandick finished with a game-high 20 points on very effective 8-for-11 shooting overall and a 4-for-5 mark from 3-point range. Copeland was right behind her with 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three.
Amaya Small reached double-digit rebounds with 11 and had nine points to finish just shy of a double-double; LeAndra Franklin had six points, seven assists and seven steals; and Thalia Jackson and Rushell Jacob both added seven boards.
Next up, Webber will battle the Falcons of Florida College for the second time in 10 days, this time coming at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 16, in Temple Terrace, Florida. The Warriors defeated Florida College 86-69 in the first meeting this year between the two teams on November 6 inside the Sabbagh Athletic Center.