ANDERSON, S.C. Ė Anderson University held Pfeiffer University to just 22 second-half points as the Trojans defeated the Lady Falcons 79-57 in the Conference Carolinas regular season finale of the 2009-2010 womenís basketball season on Saturday night. With the win, Anderson finishes 17-10 overall, 16-6 in league play, securing the #2 seed in next weekís conference tournament. Pfeiffer drops 13-14, 13-9 and has the #7 seed having to travel back to Anderson for the first-round tournament matchup on Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson held a 40-35 lead at halftime after shooting 63% from the field in the first half. Shanice Wilsonís basket three and a half minutes in gave the Trojans an early 8-2 lead. Christina Harvey and Devona Knight each brought the Lady Falcons to within two five minutes later, until Anderson went on 10-1 run pushing the lead to 11 at 24-13 with an Amanda Parris three-pointer.
Pfeiffer then bolted out on an 11-2 run to find themselves again within a pair on a Brittany Cox triple at the 6:30 mark. Knight then drained a jumper with 4:54 to play before the half tying the contest at 29-29. Another late 8-0 scoring streak by the Trojans capped by an Ashley Abed field goal, separated Anderson from Pfeiffer at the intermission.
Andersonís defense took over in the second half holding the Lady Falcons to just 29% shooting from the floor. Alexa Neal put the Trojan lead back into double digits with a bucket at 16:14 while Parris recorded a steal and layup just minutes later that gave the hosts their largest lead of the night at 16.
Pfeiffer cut the lead to 10 on a Domonique China field goal just before the halfway point of the period, before Andersonís Abed finished an 11-2 run with a jumper to put the contest easily in the hands of the home team by 19.
China led all scorers with 21 points on the night as the only Lady Falcon to finish in double-digit scoring. Abed paced the Trojans with 14 points, followed closely by Nealís 13 and Korie Sellers dozen. Anderson shot 61% on the night while Pfeiffer shot just 36%.