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Bulldogs Can't Solve Tornadoes
February 14, 2014By Russell Acklin of Fisk University
NASHVILLE- 'It Was The Best of Best and the Worse of Times' is not just a quote from Charles Dickens' book The Tale of Two Cities, it was played out at the Henderson A. Johnson Arena last night. The Fisk University Bulldogs allowed two great opportunities slip through their fingers against two of the top teams in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference. Despite the losses to the Talladega (AL) University Tornadoes, three Bulldogs surpassed their career highs in points scored in a game.
With her mother and brother in attendance from New York, senior Janine Davis scored a career high 28 points but it was not enough as the Lady Bulldogs (9-14, 1-7 GCAC) fell to top team in the GCAC 87-69. The game stayed close until the very end as the Lady Tornadoes (20-3, 7-1 GCAC) used a solid rotation to defeat the undermanned Lady Bulldogs.
"They come at you in waves," said Lady Bulldog Head Coach Tony Thompson. "They are well coached and legit. (Talledega Head) Coach (Tarnisha) Scott does a good job of substituting. It kind of wore us down tonight. I was also impressed with their midrange game. We started extremely slow but Janine kept us in it with big shots. We stayed close with a couple of our players having off nights. That was a good point for us. The bad point is we dropped one that we thought we could get."
Senior Nacori Foreman racked up her fifth double-double on the year with a 10 point 15 rebound effort. Foreman is now 58 rebounds away for 1,000 in her career. The Lady Bulldogs cut the lead to seven points on a conventional three point play by freshman Nailah Whitlock with 7:06 left in regulation. Whitlock then what looked to be a steal but was called a foul. She slammed the ball in frustration and was assessed a technical foul. Her coach was not too upset with her for it.
"Nailah has been playing great ball for us lately. Her aggressiveness on defense has been a key for us. She is not a hot head. She is intense and was not trying to show up the official. Just was a little upset with the call as was I. It was a pivotal point in the game. We were on a roll."
The Lady Tornadoes were led by all everything small forward Ryvee Jackson with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Airelle George scored 15 including a dagger three-pointer to stretch the lead to 12 in the final minute. Jamie Robinson had 12 and Ella Rodriguez rounded out the double figure scorers with 10. Despite that Davis shined for Fisk.
"I felt good today," said Davis. "I was excited to have family in town and wanted to have a good game. My shot has been off since the Lane game but I hope now I will finish the season in a groove. I didn't realize until after the game that I had my career high. Glad my mother and brother were here to see it."
Note: Cameron Lewis scored 40 points and Chris Pollard scored 18 points for their career highs in the Men's Game