Sophomore Kayla Sakyi scored 16 points and senior Jordan Pamlanye added 14 points to go along with 13 rebounds to lead the University of Mary Washington women's basketball team past Frostburg St. University, 59-45, on Saturday afternoon in Fredericksburg, Va. The Eagles improve to 10-9 overall, and 4-4 in the CAC.
Sakyi gave UMW an early 5-2 lead as she knocked down a three-pointer and made two free throws. Meghan Comer grew the Eagles' lead to five, 9-4, with 4:36 left in the first quarter. The Eagles then went scoreless for the rest of the quarter and the Bobcats took advantage as they scored seven straight to take an 11-9 advantage into the second quarter.
The Eagles played stifling defense in the second quarter as they only allowed four points. UMW went on a 9-0 run to take an 18-11 lead to begin the quarter. In that run Sakyi, Emily Thompson, and Pamlanye all added points. Morgan Conner made a layup and then Pamlanye added a jumper with 2:56 left to give the Eagles a 25-15 lead. UMW took that score into halftime.
Out of the half, UMW kept the same intensity on the defensive end as they didn't allow a single basket over the first 4:23 of play. Sakyi and Pamlanye added four points to push the Eagles lead to 15, 30-15. With 3:31 to play Sakyi knocked down a jumper and then a minute later Thora Gibbs made a jumper to keep UMW up 15, 36-21. Gibbs made a free throw before the end of the quarter to put the Eagles up 40-24.
The Bobcats began the fourth quarter with a 10-1 run to get within seven, 41-34. Pamlanye ended the run with two free throws and then Erika Carter made a layup with 4:35 to play to extend the lead to double digits, 45-34. Thompson made two free throws with 2:52 left in the game to go up 50-38. From there, the Eagles made nine free throws and closed out the game to win 59-45.
UMW shot 15-38 (39.5%) from the field, 2-8 (25.0%) from three-point range, and 27-37 (73.0%) from the free throw line.
The Eagles will be back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Salisbury for a game at 5:30 p.m.