The Panthers triumph over Lady Pirates, 71-45

Site: Qubein Center (High Point, North Carolina)
Goal: High Point 71, Hampton 45
Recordings: Highlight (6-10, 3-2), Hampton (6-7, 2-1)

A balanced score and intense defensive effort helped the High Point University women’s basketball team earn its third conference victory of the season after beating Hampton, 71-45, Saturday afternoon at the Qubein Center . Nakyah Terrell led the Panthers with 13 points, while Jaden Wrightsell finished with 11 points. Jenson Edwards pulled down a record 12 rebounds.

The head coach Chelsea Banbury: “I’m really proud of the way our girls came out, they really attacked from the start. I think it’s the best defense we’ve played in an entire game. Overall I thought our intensity was much better than it has been so far this season. And then our score was really balanced today, and I think when you have a lot of kids who can score, you become a lot more difficult to keep. You can’t focus on a certain person, you can’t put your best defender on a certain person because we have other players who can score.”

Panther Details
The Panthers took control early in the game with a 12-2 run to open the first quarter. Jaden Wrightsell went three for four on free throws, while Jenson Edwards added to the race with points in transition.

Hampton would close the gap to shoot within 12-8, but a Claire Wyatt triple in the last minute of the quarter gave HPU the 15-8 advantage after one period. The Panthers started strong, shooting 45 percent from the floor in the opening frame.

HPU kept the offensive momentum going in the second quarter. While Hampton managed to shoot within 17-14 in the opening minutes, Jordan Edwards converted a three-point play with a driving layup to keep the Panther offense going.

HPU led by up to 15 points in the first half, after Lalmani Simmons came off the bench and capitalized on strong defensive play from Jaden Wrightsell. The Panthers entered half-time with a 34-23 lead over the Lady Pirates while Claire Wyatt, Lalmani Simmons and Jaden Wrightsell led HPU with six points apiece.

After the half-time break, HPU used aggressive defense and a quick attack to extend the lead to double digits. Cydney Johnson opened the third quarter by scoring four of the Panthers’ first six points.

The Panthers continued to pick up the pace, as Nakyah Terrell and Jenson Edwards hit back-to-back buckets to extend the HPU lead, 46-27, midway through the third quarter.

As time ticked away in the third quarter, Hampton controlled the final possession until Jordan Edwards picked up the ninth steal for HPU and converted the layup in transition when time expired.

The Panthers offense continued to pour into the Pirates in the fourth quarter as HPU launched a 23-6 streak that lasted nearly eight minutes in which seven different Panthers scored.

Despite being outshot 44-41, HPU finished the day shooting 42% from the field and forced 22 turnovers in Hampton.

Following: HPU continues its homestand by hosting Longwood on Tuesday January 25th at the Qubein Center. Tipoff is set at 7 p.m.

#GoHPU x #H3U

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