Women’s College Basketball: South Suburban rolls past Wright
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media February 27, 2014 7:26PM
Updated: February 27, 2014 10:35PM
Wright College’s Bria Redmond converted a three-point play with 11:11 left in the first half Thursday to cut South Suburban’s lead to 18-9.
Then the Bulldogs went into lockdown mode.
Wright did not score for the rest of the first half or the first 7:43 of the second half, a total of 18 minutes, 54 seconds of playing time. By the time the slump was broken, South Suburban had a 33-point lead and was well on its way to a 58-32 win in a NJCAA Division II Region IV quarterfinal in South Holland.
“The key to our defense was just talking and keeping our heads up,” South Suburban’s Megan Majors said. “Coach (Darrell Scott) always says defense leads to offense, so we always try to be aggressive on defense.”
Majors (T.F. South) led the Bulldogs (16-12) with 15 points. Georgetta Reid (Thornton) added 12 points and four rebounds.
The second-seeded Bulldogs will meet Moraine Valley or Morton in a semifinal set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Moraine.
No. 7 seed Wright (6-21), which was led by Redmond’s 12 points, committed 29 turnovers and shot just 9-of-42 from the field. The Bulldogs finished 20-of-51.
Despite those numbers, Scott wasn’t satisfied.
“In the first two minutes, we saw that (Wright) couldn’t play to the intensity level we want to play at,” he said. “We just went through the motions after that. We didn’t play hard. (Sunday), we have to stop settling for threes and attack the basket.”
South Suburban led 37-9 at halftime as Majors scored nine points and Ariana Jackson (Seton) five during the half-ending 19-0 run.
Chantele McDonald added seven points for the Bulldogs, who advanced to the national tournament last season and are looking to make it back.
“Us sophomores are very hungry to get back there,” Majors said. “The freshmen have no idea, but we keep telling them ‘It’s worth it.’ ”