Swannanoa, NC - The Clinton College Lady Golden Bears broke open a close game in the second half to win the 2022 Eastern Metro Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, 72-51.
The game got off to a slow start as each team missed several shots early in the first quarter. Three and a half minutes into the game, the score was only 2-2. Clinton used an 8-2 run over the next 4:30 to take a 10-4 lead late in the period. MACU closed to within three points at 13-10 when Carrington Townes hit a jumper just before the buzzer to end the period.
The Mustangs' Regina Woodley hit a layup at the 5:45 mark of the second quarter that gave MACU a 17-16 lead. Clinton scored four points in a row over the next two and a half minutes to move back ahead by three, and then extended the run to 11-0 to end the half on the strength of two 3 pointers from Markela Avant. That run allowed Clinton to take a 27-17 lead into the locker room.
Avant opened the third quarter with a layup and on MACU's next possession, converted a steal into a fast break bucket to push the Golden Bear lead to 14. Clinton maintained separation from the Mustangs for most of the rest of the quarter until back-to-back three pointers by Logan Taylor-McDaniel ballooned the lead to 47-26 with 90 seconds to play in the third, and Clinton would cruise from that point.
Avant scored 18 points in the game to go along with 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, and her 10 points at the end of the second quarter/start of the third quarter to break the game open resulted in her being named tournament MVP. Taylor-McDaniel added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Bears. Tiffany Reed pulled down 15 rebounds, and Rayanna Davis scored 10 points and dished out 6 assists.
Tyeisha Williams scored 18 points for MACU, while Airyannah Moitt had 10 points and 9 rebounds, while Regina Woodley added 10 points and 8 rebounds.