Women's Basketball Opens 2017-18 Season With Exhibition Game at Gardner-Webb

Women's Basketball Opens 2017-18 Season With Exhibition Game at Gardner-Webb

Pfeiffer at Gardner-Webb (Exhibition)
November 10, 2017 - 7 p.m.
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MISENHEIMER, N.C. -- For the first time in program history, the Pfeiffer women's basketball team will take the court as members of the USA South Athletic Conference and NCAA Division III as they open the 2017-18 campaign with an exhibition game at Gardner-Webb tonight at 7 p.m. 

Coming off back-to-back eight win seasons, Pfeiffer looks to take the next step as they enter a new division and a new conference. The task will be tall tonight when the Falcons head into Paul Porter Arena to take on Division I Gardner-Webb. However, Pfeiffer is no stranger to pulling off upsets against Division I opponents. A season ago, the Falcons went to North Carolina Central and handed the Eagles their first loss of the season by a final score of 50-47. Lauren Janka recorded a double-double in the victory with 10 points and 15 rebounds and Meg Pritchard added a game-high 20 points. In 2014, the Falcons almost knocked off Coastal Carolina before falling 69-62 despite being down just one point with 1:03 to play. 

Pfeiffer will rely on a handful of returners and an influx of freshmen to try to pull off another shocker tonight. In the backcourt, the talented duo of Sydni Bickford and Dajea Scott will lead the way. Bickford, a junior, led Pfeiffer with 66 3-pointers a season ago and was second on the squad in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game. Scott, the do-it-all senior point guard, led the Falcons in assists and averaged 6.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Joining those two returners are Kayla Whitworth, Grayson Harris and Kaylee O'Dwyer who patrol the interior for the Falcons. 

10 freshmen will be making their Pfeiffer debuts tonight and fourth year Head Coach Tooey Loy is excited about what they can do. 

"We have a talented incoming class," commented Loy. "They can really play and have given us depth we haven't had in the past. Our practices have been some of the most competitive sessions that I've ever had and I'm excited to take the court."

The host Runnin' Bulldogs are coming off a 12-19 season in 2016-17 and averaged 62.4 points per game a season ago. Tierra Huntsman, a redshirt senior, returns after leading the team in scoring by pouring in 15.2 points per game. Huntsman was named Second Team Preseason All-Big South and is one of four returning starters for GWU. 

Following tonight's exhibition game, Pfeiffer will open the regular season with a home game against Hollins next Friday at 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb will travel to Kentucky on Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. matchup.