The top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan College women withstood an early challenge and advanced to the championship game of the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament at home tonight with a hard-fought 60-51 victory over visiting Virginia Intermont on Friday night.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed by eight after five minutes of play, but then used a 16-2 run, that included a string of 13 unanswered points, to overtake the Lady Cobras and never trailed again. The final decision, however, did not come easy as Virginia Intermont sliced the deficit to four points in the second half before a 15-2 streak by the Lady Bulldogs widened the gap to 17 points with just over six minutes to play.
Down 11-3 at one point and later trailing 12-7, Leah Frazier drained a 3-pointer to start the TWC comeback. Buckets by Heather Gibson and Michelle Davis tied the score at 14 and ignited the 13-0 run. Michelle Davis then nailed a "3"; Frazier and Gibson hit free throws and Jaryn Davis a 3-pointer to put TWC in front by nine, 23-14. Cody Houck had a trey and Gibson three points as the gap widened to 12, 31-19. The Lady Cobras, however, cut the halftime margin to eight, 31-23, and eventually pulled within four at 41-37, despite 3-point baskets from Gibson and Houck.
Baskets by Michelle Davis, Houck and Frazier kept Wesleyan in front by six before Michelle Davis hit back-to-back 3-pointers, doubling the lead to 12. Gibson's "3" capped the 15-2 run and TWC led, 56-39, with 6:30 to play. Virginia Intermont cut the margin to seven, but would get no closer.
Michelle Davis finished with 21 points, a team-high 11 rebounds, four steals and two assists. Gibson was the only other Lady Bulldog in double figures with 18 points. Rochelle Davidson collected seven rebounds and Frazier handed out six assists.
The Lady Bulldogs play in the finals of the AAC Tournament tonight against Union College at 7:00 pm.
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