CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Benedict upends Lady Panthers
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CLAFLIN BASKETBALL: Benedict upends Lady Panthers

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COLUMBIA -- Benedict College outscored Claflin University 29-9 in the third quarter as the Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Panthers 83-53 in a non-conference contest at the HRC Arena on the campus of Benedict College.

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With the loss, Claflin remains winless in 18 tries. Benedict, the number 17th Ranked team in the latest WBCA DII Poll, improves to 16-2 on the season.

Claflin was led by Daisha Jackson and Lydia Goolsby who dropped in 12 points each. Shakarri Mack came off the bench to contribute 10 points including 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. Dionna Long also contributed 10 points in the game.

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Benedict was led by Wykira Johnson with a game-high 19 points.

After playing to a 26-26 tie after two complete quarters, the Lady Tigers scored the first nine points of the third quarter, to go up 35-26 and never look back.

After Jackson hit a layup from Dionna Long to stop the run, Benedict offense went on another crucial run. The Lady Tigers scored the next 15 points to push its lead to 22, 50-28 with just under one-minute remaining in the quarter.

Claflin outscored Benedict 7-5 over the last two-plus minutes for a 55-35 score heading into the final stanza.

The fourth quarter saw the Lady Panthers offense pick up. After falling behind 67-38 with 5:18 remaining in the contest, Claflin scored the next 15-of-24 points to trail 76-51.

The Lady Tigers would not be outdone, scoring the games final 7-of-9 points for the 30-point victory.

The first quarter saw the two teams exchange baskets over the first five-plus minutes. After a media timeout at the 4:42 mark, Benedict took control of the period. The Lady Tigers used an 11-2 run to go ahead 16-6 with 1:30 remaining. Benedict led 19-11 after one.

Claflin was aggressive the entire second quarter, closing the gap to five points, 14-19, in the first minute. After Benedict increased its lead to seven, 21-14, with 8:15 remaining, the Lady Panthers scored the next seven points to tie the game at 21-all at the 4:04 mark. The teams played even over the rest of the quarter for the 26-26 halftime score.

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Claflin will return to action on Monday, when they host Livingstone College in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Southern Division contest. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Tullis Arena on Claflin Campus.

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