Lady Hawks snap streak, beat Maryville for first time since 2008

Senior T.I. Duncan had 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on Friday to help the Lady Hawks beat Maryville for the first time since 2008.
Senior T.I. Duncan had 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists on Friday to help the Lady Hawks beat Maryville for the first time since 2008.

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Huntingdon women's basketball team won its conference opener with an 82-65 win over Maryville on Friday.

Behind a combined 67 points from T.I. Duncan, Alex Lowery, Hannah Parks and Shaonica Thomas, the Lady Hawks (5-1, 1-0 USA South) snapped a 20-game losing streak against the Scots. The win was Huntingdon's second against Maryville in 30 meetings during the NCAA era and the first win since Feb. 2008.

Duncan just missed a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Parks, who was 3-for-3 from 3-point range and had three blocks, finished just short of a double-double with career highs in points (15) and rebounds (9). Lowery added 19 points and was 5-for-9 from 3-point range and Thomas finished with 13 points.

An even game early, neither team led by more than five points in the first 17 minutes. Maryville led 25-23 at the end of the first quarter and held a 33-32 lead with three minutes to play in the first half.

That's when Huntingdon took the lead for good and made its first of three runs in the game. A basket by Duncan with 2:49 left in the first half gave Huntingdon a 34-33 lead. Duncan scored the final 10 points of the first half, sparking a 10-1 run as Huntingdon carried a 40-34 lead into the half.

Maryville cut Huntingdon's lead to 42-40 in the first two minutes of the third quarter before the Lady Hawks used an 11-0 run to pull ahead. Sparked by five points from Thomas and two points each from Parks, Destinee Washington and Duncan, Huntingdon built a 53-40 lead with 5:10 to play in the third quarter.

Leading 60-52 entering the fourth quarter, Huntingdon used a 10-0 run to build an 18-point lead. A pair of 3-pointers by Lowery and baskets by Abiba Bernard and Thomas made it 70-52 with 6:44 left in the game. Huntingdon took its largest lead of the game, 82-62, on a free throw by Washington with 2:02 to play.

 

Records: Huntingdon (5-1, 1-0 USA South); Maryville (0-5, 0-1 USA South)

 

Notable: Interim head coach Paige Huff has been a part of both of Huntingdon's wins against Maryville. In addition to coaching the Lady Hawks to Friday's 17-point victory, Huff was a senior starter when Huntingdon beat the Scots 68-62 in 2008.

 

Coming Up: Huntingdon returns to action on Saturday at Covenant. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m. (Central).