RALEIGH, N.C. (Nov. 11) – Quierra Gilmore (So./Charlotte, NC) came off the bench to score 17 points and Kaaliya Williams (So./Richmond, VA) added 14 points as Saint Augustine's University won its first women's basketball season opener in six years with an 89-67 victory over Bluefield State College at Emery Gymnasium on Saturday.
The last time the Lady Falcons captured their season opener was Nov. 12, 2011, in a 66-64 win over West Virginia Wesleyan. This was their first home-opening win since Nov. 24, 2015, when they defeated Bluefield State 75-74.
Kamya Renwicks (So./Baltimore, MD) added 12 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds for the Lady Falcons, who totaled 22 steals and converted 27 Bluefield State turnovers into 40 points. Tomisha Davis (Sr./New Bern, NC) scored 11 points while Kelsee Arnold (Jr./Atlanta, GA) and Ke-Ashe Lee (Sr./Roanoke, VA) each grabbed eight rebounds. Angela Caraballo (So./Richmond, VA) chipped in nine points.
The Lady Falcons relied on depth, speed and quickness to rout Bluefield State. They outscored the Big Blues in points off turnovers (40-12), points in the paint (40-18), second chance points (18-5), fast break points (16-4) and bench points (39-10).
The Lady Falcons spurted to a 10-0 lead and never looked back as they cruised to victory. The lead was 22-7 after the first quarter and 42-17 at halftime. Bluefield State rallied to cut the margin to 45-36 in the third quarter but the Lady Falcons responded with a 30-8 run to end the quarter leading 75-44.
Rosalie Pozo scored a game-high 26 points and added nine rebounds to pace Bluefield State (0-2 overall). Lyndsay Hatfield and Lyric Hampton each added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Falcons will visit the University of Mount Olive in Mount Olive, N.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 5:30 p.m. This will be the first of six games away from home for the Lady Falcons.