On Sunday, the Lady Dons beat Showtime Basketball 67 to 61 in their last exhibition game before their regular season match-ups in front of a dismal crowd of about 20 people.
This was the Lady Dons’ second home game of the season and with the momentum from their last home win on Wednesday they were able to come out and win again in another close match-up.
Their opponent, Showtime Basketball, is an Australian based team whose roster ranges from 10th graders to college graduates.
With their come-from-behind win to beat San Francisco State on Wednesday, the Lady Dons were determined to continue their win streak. However, it did not show when Showtime opened up the first half by leading the Dons 8 to 3. The Lady Dons took command of the first half when they tied the game at 14 minutes. They built on the lead throughout the first half, and the Lady Dons had a 12-point lead at the half.
At the beginning of the second half, it looked like the Lady Dons were going to build on their 40-28 lead over Showtime.
However, the Lady Dons did not play their best throughout the second half as Showtime’s score kept creeping up. The Dons seemed to get a little complacent with their lead and this allowed Showtime to get some easy shots and USF’s defense was not as tough as it was in the first half.
But at the 12:54 mark, the Lady Dons had a game-high lead of 14 points, leading Showtime 55-41. The Lady Dons held on to beat Showtime, although Showtime outscored the Lady Dons 33-27 in the second half.
The Lady Dons hit 46 percent shooting in the paint and 47 percent beyond the arc. Senior guard Shay Rollins went 9-17 on the floor and 4-8 on her three-pointer attempts as she gave the Lady Dons 25 points along with 10 rebounds. Senior forward Necolia Simmons added 10 points and 14 rebounds.
Junior guard Danesha Wright and senior guard Alexis Musante both recorded nine points. Nickie Warren, a former Don, led Showtime with 15 points and six rebounds. Serene Benevente gave Showtime 13 points, five assists and four steals.
The Lady Dons open their schedule when they travel to Tennessee on Nov. 15. The Lady Dons open their regular home schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 18 when they play the Academy of Art at 7 p.m.