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Skipjack women beat PG, improve to 2-0

Friday, November 16, 2007

LARGO – In a war of attrition, it helps to start out with more soldiers.

Chesapeake College brought nine women´s basketball players to Tuesday´s game at Prince George´s Community College, and the Skipjacks needed all of them as four fouled out. The host Owls were in worse shape, losing five to fouls and finishing the game with two players as the Skipjacks (2-0) pulled out a 73-67 victory.

"We completely outrebounded them, which was a key to the victory," said Chesapeake head coach Lowell Shaw, whose team finished with a 73-44 advantage in rebounds. "Just having nine players in a game like that was important, too."

Chesapeake´s depth and rebounding advantage were both needed on a night when the Skipjacks shot 25-for-95 from the field and 21-for-44 from the foul line.

"We were getting a lot of trips to the line," said Shaw. "We just needed to hit a few more of our free throws to take advantage of the situation."

Kiki Pettiford (16 points, 16 rebounds), Fatima Calloway (14 points, 18 rebounds), and Irene Turner (11 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double for the Skipjacks. Kyra Ringgold (seven rebounds) tied Pettiford for team scoring honors with 16 points, while Tiara Whye was the fifth Skipjack in double figures with 11 points.

Joretha Bergen scored a game-high 20 points to lead Prince George´s, which had a 34-33 halftime lead. Teammate Tamika Jeffries scored 17 points.

The Skipjacks are off until Friday, when they play Monroe (N.Y.) Community College at 7:30 p.m. in the Dragon Invitational at Howard Community College. Chesapeake plays Middlesex (N.J.) Community College Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in their second Dragon Invitational contest.

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