College Women’s Basketball Final – Guilford 57, Va. Wesleyan 40 (ODAC Tournament Final)

Posted by Press Release on February 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

SALEM, Va. – Senior Jazlyn Gibbs (Greensboro, N.C./Southeast Guilford (USC-Aiken)) scored a game-high 19 points in Guilford College’s 57-40 win over Virginia Wesleyan College in Sunday’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Women’s Basketball Tournament final.

The Quakers’ seventh win in eight games captured their first conference crown since 2002 and secured the ODAC’s automatic NCAA Division III Championship Tournament bid. Guilford (22-6) will make its third NCAA appearance in school history and learns its NCAA opponent Monday (2/27) at 2:30 p.m. selection show on www.ncaa.com.

Seeded third in the tournament, Guilford held the top-seeded Marlins (22-6) to 18 percent field-goal shooting and 40 points, both season lows. The Quakers grabbed a 10-2 lead, but Virginia Wesleyan tied the score at 12 midway through the period on two Sarah Seipp (Gaithersburg, Md/Gaithersburg) free throws. Guilford rattled off the next 11 points and ended up with a 26-18 halftime lead. Gibbs (9) and Morgan King (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) (8) combined for 17 of the Quakers’ first-half points.

Guilford scored the second-half’s first six points as the Marlins’ shooting woes continued. Senior Kristen Blalock (Suffolk, Va./Portsmouth Christian) made a three-pointer and a foul-line jumper on consecutive possessions, which brought Virginia Wesleyan to within 41-33. After a Quakers’ timeout, the Marlins drew to within 43-47 with 8:44 to play, but managed just two-for-26 field-goal shooting the rest of the way. The Quakers outscored Virginia Wesleyan, 14-3, during that time, with Gibbs scoring eight of Guilford’s points.

Guilford outscored Virginia Wesleyan, 32-10, in the paint and outrebounded the Marlins, 51-47. King finished with 12 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. She and Gibbs represented Guilford on the All-ODAC Tournament team, along with sophomore Gabby Oglesby (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor), who was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player. Oglesby, also the league’s Player of the Year, contributed 10 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks. Point guard Brittany Atwater (Durham, N.C./Ravenscroft) finished with seven points, a career-high 10 rebounds and three assists.

Seipp, the ODAC’s Rookie of the Year, led the Marlins with 11 points, but shot three-of-17 from the floor. Brittany Glasco (Fredericksburg, Va./Massaponax)scored nine points off the bench and Blalock added seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Seipp and Blalock represented Virginia Wesleyan on the all-tournament team.

The title marks the first conference crown for Guilford head coach Stephanie Flamini in her 13 seasons as a head coach, nine at Guilford. She will also be making her first NCAA Tournament head-coaching appearance.

Guilford vs Virginia Wesleyan
02/26/12 1:00 PM at Salem Civic Center (Salem, Va.)

GUILFORD – 57
VIRGINIA WESLEYAN – 40

GUILFORD (22-6): GIBBS, Jazlyn 8-18 2-5 19; KING, Morgan 6-10 0-1 12; OGLESBY, Gabby 4-10 2-2 10; ATWATER, Brittany 2-8 3-6 7; NUCCI, Jaclyn 1-3 2-2 4; DREW, Brittany 1-4 0-0 3; HARDIN, Logan 1-2 0-2 2; BARKER, Shelly 0-0 0-0 0; ADAMS, Kayla 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 9-18 57.

VIRGINIA WESLEYAN (22-6): SEIPP, Sarah 3-17 2-5 11; GLASCO, Brittany 3-8 3-5 9; BLALOCK, Kristen 3-11 0-0 7; NEWSOME, Symonne 1-4 3-4 5; TASSA, Katie 2-7 0-0 4; LEWIS, Shawnee 1-5 1-4 4; TAYLOR, Kerri-Leanne 0-2 0-0 0; SPENCER, Joceyln 0-5 0-0 0; BOYCE, Beth Ann 0-4 0-0 0; KELLY, Nancy 0-3 0-0 0; MILLER, Rachael 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 13-73 9-18 40.

   Guilford......................   26   31  -   57
   Virginia Wesleyan.............   18   22  -   40

3-point goals–Guilford 2-9 (GIBBS, Jazlyn 1-4; DREW, Brittany 1-2; ATWATER, Brittany 0-2; ADAMS, Kayla 0-1), Virginia Wesleyan 5-32 (SEIPP, Sarah 3-10; BLALOCK, Kristen 1-2; LEWIS, Shawnee 1-3; TASSA, Katie 0-2; TAYLOR, Kerri-Leanne 0-1; SPENCER, Joceyln 0-2; BOYCE, Beth Ann 0-4; MILLER, Rachael 0-6; NEWSOME, Symonne 0-1; GLASCO, Brittany 0-1).
Fouled out–Guilford-None, Virginia Wesleyan-SEIPP, Sarah.
Rebounds–Guilford 51 (KING, Morgan 11), Virginia Wesleyan 47 (BLALOCK, Kristen 13).
Assists–Guilford 16 (OGLESBY, Gabby 5), Virginia Wesleyan 9 (NEWSOME, Symonne 2; SEIPP, Sarah 2).
Total fouls–Guilford 14, Virginia Wesleyan 16.
Technical fouls–Guilford-None, Virginia Wesleyan-None.
A-513

ODAC WBB Championship Game
#1 Virginia Wesleyan vs. #3 Guilford


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