SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford women’s basketball team won 69-57 over North Florida on New Year’s Day at Richardson Indoor Stadium. The Terriers shot 40% from the field while knocking down eight triples en route to defeating the Ospreys. The win is Wofford’s first in five games and moves the Terriers to 6-8 on the season.
“I’m so proud of our team today. We really shared the ball well on offense and on defense we played our assignments while controlling the boards. I can’t be happier for this group. We have needed something good to happen to us and we had two great days of practice prior to this game and came into this one with the right mindset,” said head coach Jimmy Garrity. “We really focused on rebounding the basketball in our previous two practices and our players got used to crashing the boards. Today’s win was all about the heart and fight shown by our players against a solid team.”
The Ospreys outscored the Terriers in the first quarter 16-13 behind the strong play of Keonna Farmer who scored four points while grabbing three rebounds. Wofford struggled from the floor, shooting just 5-16 (31%) and 2-6 (33%) from beyond. The Terriers took care of the ball in the first period of play, turning it over just one time compared to three for the Ospreys. Six different Wofford players recorded a point in the first quarter with Anna Claire Atha and Emily Ryan pacing the Terriers with three apiece.
Wofford upped the defensive intensity to start the second quarter as once again the Terriers forced North Florida into three turnovers in the period. The Ospreys shot just 2-12 (16%) from the field while Wofford again shot 5-16 (31%) from the floor and 3-9 (33%) from beyond en route to the Terriers outscoring North Florida 15-6 in the period. Emily Ryan led the Terriers at the break with nine points on 3-5 from downtown while Da’Ja Green scored five points, grabbed six boards and dished out two assists.
The Terriers continued to play solid defense out of the half time break as Wofford held North Florida to 3-17 (17%) from the field and 0-3 from downtown. Wofford shot 5-12 (41%) from the field and knocked down two triples while outscoring the Osprey 14-8. Marissa Bayer led the Terriers after three quarters with 14 points and seven rebounds while Da’Ja green finished with seven points, nine rebounds and six assists through three periods of play.
Wofford and North Florida got hot in the fourth quarter with both teams shooting over 40% from the floor. The Terriers shot a blistering 7-11 (63%) from the field as well as 12-13 (92%) from the line to ice the game. Despite five turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Terriers fought off the North Florida comeback holding the Ospreys to 11-24 (45%) from the field.
In the win, the Terriers shot 22-55 (40%) from the field and outrebounds the Ospreys 47-36. Marissa Bayer paced the Terriers with 16 points and nine boards over 35 minutes. Da’Ja Green added 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing all 40 minutes. Jamari McDavid also reached double figures with 11 points while Emily Ryan and A.C. Atha both finished with nine.
Wofford returns to the court on January 4 when the Terriers host Mercer at 3 PM, the first of a women’s and men’s double header with the men playing VMI at 7 PM. Wofford will host another SoCon double header on January 6 when the women host Samford at 2 PM