The University of Tampa women’s basketball team improved their record to 12-3 (5-1 SSC) after defeating Barry (11-5, 2-3 SSC) on Saturday by a score of 46-41. The game started defensively, with both teams holding the score tied at five through the first six minutes of the game.
Erica Woodard’s eight points were enough to lead Tampa to a 20-19 edge going into the half. Kym Taylor replaced Sheena Walton for 15 minutes and recorded six rebounds.
“I thought we were settling for jump shots too much in the first half,” Coach Tom Jessee said. “We can’t just rely on Sheena.”
Barry took control of the second half scoring five quick unanswered points to take the lead. The Spartans led by Walton rallied, scoring eight unanswered points of their own.
“First half I was in foul trouble,” said Walton. “I just had to go out and play the game.”
After playing only five minutes in the first half, Walton returned to score a team-high 13 points. With eight minutes remaining, Barry began a full court press that resulted in nine points while only allowing Tampa two, coming within four of the lead. The defensive press also ran up the team foul count.
Barry cut Tampa’s six point lead in half with under a minute to play. With 10 team fouls, the Buccaneers sent Angela Guiu to the line to shoot two. Guiu made both to seal Tampa’s second consecutive conference victory.
“The conference is so balanced. Barry had a bye week. They had a little longer to prepare for us,” Jessee said.
The Buccaneer effort wasn’t enough, andTampa looks to continue the two game win streak against conference rival Florida Southern on Wednesday. Tip-off will be at 5:30 p.m. at home.