From Armstrong Sports Information:
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Armstrong Atlantic State University women's basketball squad celebrated Military Appreciation Day at Alumni Arena with a hard-fought 72-67 Peach Belt Conference victory over visiting Montevallo on Saturday afternoon.
The Pirates (11-6, 6-5 PBC) moved into a virtual tie atop the PBC's East Division standings with their second straight win. Montevallo (6-11, 3-7 PBC) fell to 1-6 this season away from home with the defeat.
The PBC's leading scorer, Montevallo's Taylor Beverly, scored on her first three shots of the game to stake the Falcons to an early 6-5 lead, but Armstrong senior Bryonna Davis answered each time, scoring 10 first-half points as the Pirates built a 32-28 advantage at the break. Beverly also had 10 points at halftime.
In the second half, Armstrong sprinted out to a 20-2 run over the first eight minutes to build a 52-30 advantage, seemingly putting the game away. Montevallo fought back, eventually closing to within five points, 65-60, on a Jacquelyn Thompson basket with 2:07 remaining in the contest. The Pirates made seven of eight free throws over the final two minutes to clinch the victory.
Davis led all scorers in the game with 21 points on 8-of-14 shots from the floor, including 4-of-7 three-pointers. Senior Tyler Carlson added 16 points, while freshman Brigitta Barta notched 11 points. Senior Hanna Bognar recorded six blocked shots and now has 54 on the season, just five shy of the Armstrong single-season record of 59.
Beverly finished the contest with 20 points to lead the Falcons, while Thompson added 16 points and Ellie Mouyal notched 10 points. Katie Colson grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds.
In celebration of Military Appreciation Day, members of the Wounded Warrior Project joined the Pirates in the locker room and on the floor prior to lineups and all current and former members of the military and their families were recognized at halftime. The Pirates also wore commemorative camouflage warmup shirts before the game and on the bench.
Armstrong returns to action on Thursday, January 30th, traveling to GRU Augusta - the team that the Pirates are tied with atop the division standings - for a 5:30 p.m. Peach Belt contest in Augusta, Ga.
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