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Lady Commodores roll over Pensacola, 70-49

The News Herald

PENSACOLA — The Gulf Coast women’s basketball team moved one step closer to a Panhandle Conference championship, routing Pensacola State 70-49.

With the win, the No. 7 Lady Commodores improved to 20-4 overall and 8-3 in league play. Gulf Coast is still tied atop the Panhandle standings with No. 5 Northwest Florida State with one game to play after the Lady Raiders defeated No. 8 Chipola 71-53 on Saturday.

Brittany Davis led the Lady Commodores with 18 points in the win, with Nadia Marshall adding 16 points off the bench. Alexus Dye also posted a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Nakia Kincey had nine points and five assists.

Savannah Walker-Lafler was the only Pensacola State player in double figures with 10 points.

Gulf Coast led wire to wire, with Davis scoring nine first quarter points to stake the Lady Commodores to a 22-12 lead. A pair of 3-pointers by Kincey with a baseline drive by Marshall sandwiched in between gave Gulf Coast a 35-20 edge with 2:09 left in the second quarter.

The lead was 12 at the halftime break and the Lady Pirates quickly trimmed the deficit back to single figures with a three from Anita Payne, but Davis answered with a 3-pointer of her own and Astou Gaye capped an 11-1 run with a short bank shot to make it 49-30.

A corner 3-pointer from Gaye to finish the third quarter, followed by a basket by Marshall, and a driving lefty layup by Lya Farcy gave Gulf Coast its biggest lead of the night at 62-36 with 7:27 to play.

Gulf Coast will wrap up the regular season on Saturday as Chipola comes to the Billy Harrison Field House with a tip time of 2 p.m. The Lady Commodores will know by then whether they’re playing for a share of the conference title or the outright title, with Northwest Florida State taking on Chipola on Wednesday.

The Gulf Coast/Pensacola State men’s game Saturday night didn’t end before press time.

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