Women's Hoops Fends Off FPU in 80-71 Victory

WBasketball - Sha'Nice Storey (by Jason Harrel)

Sha’Nice Storey. Photo by Jason Harrel.

A season-high 17 steals and four Urban Knights scoring in double figures pushed Academy of Art University’s women’s basketball past Fresno Pacific 80–71 on Feb. 11 inside Kezar Pavilion. Hitting their free throws down the stretch, ART U persevered through a late 12–0 run by their opponents and it was junior guard and fashion styling major Sha’Nice Storey’s team-high 23 points (including five 3-pointers) that led the way.

The Urban Knights and Sunbirds played a very even first five and a half minutes, tying one another four times in that span. ART U was able to break away from an 8–8 deadlock with a pair of layups by junior guard Jasmin Guinn (Animation & Visual Effects) and junior guard Regina Camera's (Multimedia Communications) triple in her first long range attempt off the bench.

A two and a half minute scoring drought then set in for both sides and it was not until Storey knocked down her first 3-pointer of the night that ART U got back into its rhythm. Later, junior center Caron Brown (Multimedia Communications) helped her squad go up by double digits with a layup and Camera followed that up with the team’s next three baskets.

The Urban Knights’ 12-point advantage was whittled down, however, as Fresno Pacific went on a 15–7 run to close the half despite a triple by Storey with just under a minute left and a jumper by Guinn in the waning seconds. At halftime, ART U clutched a 36–32 lead. The teams went back and forth in the early part of the second period and it was Storey who dropped a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes that kept the margin closer to double digits. Junior guard Zoie Sheng (Fashion Merchandising) scored four quick points following the media timeout and soon both Camera and senior guard Molly O’Brien (Multimedia Communications) turned in transition layups to put the Knights up 58–46.

Storey’s fifth 3-pointer then pushed ART U to its largest lead of the night, 67–50, with 6:15 left to play. A game that seemed to be strongly favoring ART U suddenly shifted as the Sunbirds rattled off 12 unanswered. Now with 2:54 on the clock, FPU trailed only by five, but Sheng as well as redshirt senior guard Madeline Martin (Visual Merchandising) hit back-to-back jumpers for a bit of a cushion.

As Fresno Pacific attempted to employ the foul strategy to claw their way into the margin, Sheng calmly tossed in a pair with 50 seconds left. Guinn made four more down the stretch and Martin added a pair late to prevent any hope of an FPU rally, effectively sealing the 80–71 win.