Nance records ninth double-double in routPublished 6:47pm Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Ashley Nance continued her dominating work in the paint for the Lady Lions and nine players overall made scoring contributions in Wallace State’s 77-47 rout of Columbia State.
Nance, a Danville graduate, finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, tallying her ninth double-double of the season.
Jasmine Coleman added nine points and four rebounds for Wallace State, Kelsie Montgomery contributed eight points and nine rebounds off the bench, Morgan Pearson had eight points, Jaylan Snowden dished out 10 assists and scored five points and Hannah Sharp added seven points.
The Lady Lions (11-5) controlled the tempo from the opening tip. Snowden, Sharp and Kendall Greene each drained 3’s in the opening six minutes, complementing eight quick points by Nance to help Wallace State sustain a comfortable 23-6 cushion with 12:36 remaining in the first half.
Wallace State extended the lead to 43-26 at the half and coasted the rest of the way.
“It’s a good start to the second half of the season. We’ve been talking about how this is a new season so basically we are counting ourselves being 1-0 in 2013. If we don’t lose again in 2013, we are conference and national champions,” said Wallace State coach Ron Burdette. “It’s been crazy how well Ashley Nance has played the last month, and I thought we received some quality minutes from Jasmine Colman, Kelsie Montgomery and Lauren Harris in the middle. Jasmine is starting to get it and is a step stronger, faster and bigger and playing a whole lot more aggressive.”
Wallace State, who outrebounded Columbia State 62-46, hosts Faulkner University’s JV on Saturday before league play begins on Monday.
“Overall, I’m pleased with the way we’ve been playing,” Burdette said. “We’ve got to keep getting better and better.”