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Panthers extend homecourt success
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Ferrum College junior guard Shea Smith (20), a former Franklin County standout, glides to the basket past Roanoke College defender Dierra Wilson (33) during the second half of Tuesday night’s 80-50 Panthers’ non-conference triumph over the Maroons at William P. Swartz Gymnasium. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)

Friday, December 7, 2012

By STEVEN MARSH - Sports Editor

FERRUM -- Ferrum College's women's basketball team torched a Roanoke College zone defense for eight 3-point field goals in the opening half, then dominated play inside the long-distance arc after intermission in an 80-50 non-conference rout of the Maroons Tuesday night at William P. Swartz Gymnasium.

With the victory, its 10th in a row at home dating to last season, Ferrum (1-0 in the USA South Athletic Conference, 5-0 overall) maintains its undefeated record.

The Panthers swished 8 of 16 3-point field goal tries (50 percent) in the opening half and led 43-30 at intermission.

"This is the first time that we've seen a zone this year,' Ferrum head coach Bryan Harvey said. "...Obviously, we shot the ball well in the first half. When you're hitting shots against a zone, that always makes things a lot better.'

In outscoring the Maroons (2-5) 37-20 in the second half, the Panthers hit only one 3-pointer.

Ferrum's win is its second this season at home by 30 points.

Earlier, the Panthers routed conference rival William Peace University, 81-51, and they have a 29-point road win over Randolph-Macon College to their credit.

Through five games, Ferrum's average margin of victory is 21.6 points. Only one of its victories is by fewer than 10 points (72-66 over Eastern Mennonite University).

Sophomore Jacole Hairston, who opened the game by swishing a 3-pointer and closed the first half by hitting another trey, and junior Shea Smith (Franklin County) shared game scoring accolades each with 16 points.

Hairston was 6 of 9 from the floor and Smith, who made her first start of the season, was 8 of 15. Also, she passed out five assists, collected two steals and blocked a shot.

The Panthers got 14 points from senior Tesla Akers and a double-double from senior Kelsey Frazier (12 points and 11 rebounds).

Laurel Hankins led Roanoke with 15 points and Tatum McKee added 10.

Ferrum plays conference foe Meredith (N.C.) College Saturday at home. Tip off is 2 p.m.

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