Women's Hoops Routs Dixie State 83-61
Converting a season-high 31 opponent turnovers into 36 points, Academy of Art University women’s basketball led wire-to-wire in an 83–61 victory over Dixie State on Saturday, Jan. 31 inside Kezar Pavilion. Five Urban Knights scored in double figures led by junior animation & visual effects major Jasmin Guinn’s 21 points along with 10 apiece from junior guard Regina Camera (Multimedia Communications) and sophomore forward D’Andree Galipeau (Multimedia Communications) off the bench.
Following a pre-game ring ceremony honoring the 2014 ART U’s Pacific West Conference regular season and tournament championships, the Urban Knights came out strong with four quick points and soon an eight-point lead five minutes in. On back-to-back trips down, Galipeau scored a layup and Camera drained her first shot from long range. Camera then found Guinn after a steal and the Urban Knights led 19–9.
After nearly four minutes ticked off the clock with only a single point being scored, Dixie State proceeded to cut down the advantage with a 9–2 run that was eventually stopped when Camera swiped another and went coast-to-coast for the layup. That sparked an 11–1 run that featured triples by both junior guard Sha’Nice Storey (Fashion Styling) and Guinn as well as a fastbreak layup by senior guard Molly O’Brien (Multimedia Communications) to put her team up by 14.
Both sides went back and forth for the final five minutes of the opening half before junior guard Zoie Sheng (Fashion Merchandising) found Storey for a 3-pointer to put the Academy ahead by its largest lead, 45–28, at halftime. That basket ended up starting a 15–0 run across the intermission as the Urban Knights continued to storm the paint with junior center Caron Brown (Multimedia Communications) and Guinn scoring high percentage looks. Shortly thereafter, Sheng and Camera knocked down triples on consecutive trips down and when the dust settled, ART U led 57–28.
Held to not a single point until after five minutes had transpired in the second half, the Red Storm scored their first points and began trading baskets despite a nearly 30-point deficit. Redshirt junior guard Vianai Austin (Multimedia Communications) came off the bench hot, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the span of a minute to create a 33-point margin midway through.
DSU worked an 8–2 response as the half approached its end, but buckets by Galipeau and Guinn in the final four minutes maintained the 20-point lead and the final score saw ART U secure an 83–61 victory.
Guinn led five Urban Knights in double figures with 21 points while Sheng added 15 points and Storey delivered 12 points. Sheng put up six rebounds and four assists as well. Headlining a bench contingent that scored 27 of the team’s 83 points were Camera and Galipeau who chipped in 10 apiece (Galipeau’s tied her career-high). Brown grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
ART U women’s basketball will soon be looking ahead to its 2015 Senior Day game which tips off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20 inside Kezar Pavilion.