November 13 in Bryant athletic history: 2001

Defense sparks Lady Hornet win

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Bryant Lady Hornets weren’t at their best in their season opener Tuesday at Pulaski Oak Grove — offensively, at least. They converted just 35 percent of their shots.

But, then, if you take enough shots, 35 percent will do.

By forcing a whopping 35 turnovers and out-rebounding their hosts 40-32 (including 24 offensive boards), the Lady Hornets attempted all of 62 shots from the field and 20 more from the free throw line on the way to a 59-32 victory.

Oak Grove, by comparison, attempted just 29 field goals to go with 21 free throws.

Possessions, possessions, possessions — defense and rebounding overwhelmed the shooting percentage.

Jennifer Slack scored 22 points, matching Oak Grove’s Samantha Walker for game-high honors. Bree Mann added 9 and Meagan Kennedy, who supplied a spark in the third quarter, 8.

Actually, it wasn’t until that third quarter that Bryant started to shake Oak Grove’s Lady Hornets. With Slack hitting two of her three 3-pointers, Bryant struggled to a 10-3 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Two free throws by Walker were answered by a 9-0 surge for Bryant during which the home team was unable to even attempt a shot. Mann hit two free throws in answer to Walkers then a turnover led to an offensive rebound bucket by Slack. She then combined with sophomore center Yousra Elhagemoussa on a steal that resulted in a trip to the free-throw line for Slack. She converted once to make it 15-5.

After another Oak Grove turnover, Slack was fouled attempting a 3-pointer. She made two of three free throws then Bryant forced another Oak Grove miscue that led to an offensive rebound basket by Elhagemoussa and a 19-5 lead.

Bryant eventually led by as much as 16 in the first half but a late surge allowed Oak Grove get it back to 11. Slack, however, hit a long jumper with :10 left to make it 29-16 at the break.

Though the lead never dwindled down under double-digits, it took awhile for Bryant to put Oak Grove away. It was 33-19 going into the final two minutes of the third quarter. Kennedy then banked in a 3 and Elhagemoussa hit a free throw. Kristen Perkins scored for Oak Grove but Kennedy scored off an inbounds play under the Bryant basket then Haley Stobaugh made a steal that led to a three-point play by Kennedy. In turn, Kennedy came up with a theft that led to a basket by Stobaugh and a 44-21 lead.

Slack kept it going with a steal and a feed to Mann for a layup. Another bit of theft by Slack resulted in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that made it 49-21 going into the fourth quarter.

And just for a capper, Mann opened the final period with a steal and layup to make it a 30-point bulge.

Oak Grove cut the lead to 24 after Bryant pulled most of its starters but Starr Crow hit a free throw, Jamie Stephens canned a pair of jumpers and Jessica Farrish scored, and with 2:28 to go the 30-point edge had been re-established.

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