NEWBERRY — In an impressive showing throughout the roster, the Newberry women’s basketball team topped the Morris Lady Hornets 73-48 as the Wolves opened their 2012 home slate with a dominating victory, which included another Haylee Lepaio double-double.
In a dominating performance the Wolves (4-1) opened their meeting with the Lady Hornets (1-7) on an 18-0 run. Newberry’s early run came to an end with 12:16 remaining in the opening half, before Newberry began to extend its lead once again to as many as 23 points when Lepaio (Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia) scored on back-to-back possessions.
While the Wolves saw their lead cut down by Morris, Newberry never led by fewer than 14 points for the remainder of the period.
The Wolves finished the opening half with a 37-23 lead over the Lady Hornets. Lepaio recorded 10 points and five assists in the first period, while fellow sophomore Zara Pearson (Echuca, Victoria, Australia) tallied nine points, two assists and two steals in 12 minutes of action.
Just as the Wolves opened the first half on an early run, Newberry opened the second half on a run that saw the Wolves lead extend to as many as 31 points with just under 10 minutes remaining. Newberry’s 31-point lead came on the heels of back-to-back 3-point makes by sophomore Samantha Creed (Montmorency, Victoria, Australia) and junior Tasia Holdorf (Anchorage, Alaska).
For the remainder of the game the Wolves and Lady Hornets exchanged baskets, as Newberry took advantage of its large lead and saw its entire bench find time on the floor. The Wolves final points of the game came on a pair of made free throws from freshman Mikalia Butler (Kings Mountain, N.C.).
Lepaio led all scorers with 18 points and added ten rebounds to complete her 16th career double-double. Creed recorded 14 points, seven assists and four steals, while Pearson posted a nine-point three assist and four steal performance. Junior Devanee Taylor (Chester, Va.) tallied seven points and eight rebounds off the bench.
In her first collegiate game, redshirt freshman Shannon Truesdale (Lancaster) scored six points, while adding four rebounds and four blocked shots. Butler, finished the victory with six points, two rebounds and two assists.
Newberry outscored Morris 44-24 in the paint, 14-2 on the fast break and 27-14 off turnovers. The Wolves outrebounded the Lady Hornets 47-36, while also recording 14 steals, eight blocked shots and 18 assists.
The Wolves return to Eleazer Arena Tuesday, Nov. 27, against the No. 7 Clayton State Lakers. Newberry and Clayton State are set to tip-off at 6 p.m.