Washington leads UWA

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 4, 2007

LIVINGSTON &045; Junior forward Ashton Washington pulled down a career high 19 rebounds while scoring a game high 16 points to carry the University of West Alabama to its 10th win of the season.

They beat the Christian Brothers University Lady Bucs, 60-51. The Tigers have also recorded their eighth consecutive win on its home court.

UWA won in spite shooting just under 30 percent for the afternoon. &8220;Our rebounding and our defense was the difference in the game, because our shooting was horrible,&8221; Marks said.

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The Lady Tigers out rebounded CBU 51-38, including 19 from the offensive end. The defense also forced 19 turnovers.

UWA got things started with six straight points on the way to an 8-2 run, including four points from Washington. They never trailed in the contest. CBU got as close as one twice early in the first half, but an 11-0 UWA run gave the Lady Tigers a 29-17 advantage. The run was help by three straight triples, one each from Jessica Thompson, Shani Jones (Livingston HS), and Kotreece Bender. West Alabama led 29-20 at the half.

The Lady Tigers opened the second half of play, outscoring the Lady Bucs 10-5 in the first five minutes, including triples from Washington and Irimar Hernandez. The Memphis, Tenn. school fought its way back to a single digit deficit, getting as close as six points. UWA would pull away to lead by as much as 16 points down the stretch after a three-pointer by Hernandez.

Washington, who recorded her sixth double-double of the season, also had four steals and four assists in the contest. Hernandez, a junior finished with 11 points and five assists. Senior Wennica Foster added 10 points, including six out of six from the charity stripe.

The Lady Tigers will host their first divisional match up on Saturday, when the University of Alabama at Huntsville pays a visit. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.