Spyhalski collects career high 20 points in 71-68 victory over Lady Blazers
February 07, 2006
Shreveport, LA---The Belhaven College Lady Blazers (10-12, 2-7) recovered from a 40-29 halftime deficit and led by as many as five points with 6:45 remaining; however, the LSUS Lady Pilots (11-9, 3-6) ended the second half on an 16-8 run en route to a 71-68 victory.
The Lady Blazers Amanda Barbee connected on back-to-back three-pointers to tie the score at 49-49 with 10:49 remaining.
The Lady Pilots Marcia Spyhalski responded with five consecutive points of her own which was capped by three-point play the old fashion way which put LSUS ahead 53-49 just 32 seconds later.
Barbee responded once again with her third and fourth consecutive three-point buckets to give the Lady Blazers their first lead, 55-54 with 9:27 remaining.
BC stretched their lead to 60-55 after Roxana Rogers connected on two free-throw attempts at the 6:45 mark.
The Lady Pilot defense responded late and forced three turnovers which all led to fast break lay-ups including Moche Roque’s bucket with 2:39 left that gave LSUS a 64-63 lead.
Off a BC timeout, Rogers connected on a deep three-point attempt to give the Lady Blazers a 66-64 lead. Kelly answered with a three-pointer of her own just seven seconds later to take back the lead at 67-66.
The Lady Pilots missed the front end of bonus free-throw attempts twice in the last minute, but a Spyhalski Baseline jumper with 1:00 remaining gave the Lady Pilots a 69-66 cushion.
Nicole Jordan cut the Lady Pilot lead to one with 45 seconds remaining, but a costly turnover on a fast break led to two Kacie Cryer free-throws which put LSUS ahead 71-68.
The Lady Blazers attempted two last desperation three-point attempts in the dying seconds but were unable to connect and the Lady Pilots went on to collect the season series sweep and improve to 11-9 on the year, and 3-6 in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.
Spyhalski, a third year senior from Longview, TX led the Lady Pilots with a career high 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting which included 13 second half points and six rebounds. Kelly chipped in with 17 points and a game high seven rebounds.
The Lady Pilots finished 28-of-55 (51%) from the field while holding the Lady Blazers to just 19-of-58 (33%) from the floor.