Women's Basketball Claims Thanksgiving Classic

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Despite the close final score, the Barry University women’s basketball team only trailed twice on their way to a 61-55 victory over Colorado Christian Saturday night to win the Colorado Christian Thanksgiving Classic.

Barry (6-0) jumped out early, as they never trailed in the first half.

Alisha Sanford and Mariesa Greene combined on a three-point run that helped push the Bucs to their largest lead of 11 with less than four minutes left to play in the first frame.

Colorado Christian (2-4) hung tough in the second half, as the Cougars took their first lead of the night on a three-pointer by Talmai Aguirre just three minutes in.

Following an Abby Rosenthal layup just a minute later helped the Cougars regain the lead, a trey from Kristy Singletary helped put the Bucs ahead for good.

Princess Bailey once again powered the way for Barry.

The 5-foot-6 senior guard not only scored 12 points, but also finished her night with a double-double, grabbing 10 rebounds (seven offensive).

Greene led all scorers with 14 points and just missed another double-double with eight boards. For the week, Greene averaged a little over 16 points a game and over 10 rebounds in the three games this week.

Greene and Lucy Martinez were named to the All-Tournament team, while Bailey was selected MVP.

Barry will remain in Colorado, as they will conclude their trip with a game at Division I Air Force Monday beginning at 7 p.m. (MST)

Newspaper Box Score
Barry vs Colo. Christian Women
11/29/08 6pm at Lakewood, CO
At Lakewood, CO

BARRY 61, COLO. CHRISTIAN WOMEN 55

BARRY (6-0)

GREENE, Mariesa 5-8 4-8 14; BAILEY, Princess 4-13 4-4 12; SANFORD, Alisha
4-10 1-2 9; MARTINEZ, Lucy 3-11 0-0 8; SINGLETARY, Kristy 2-6 2-4 8; PALMER,
Kia 1-6 4-4 6; SUTTINGTON, Shanna 2-5 0-0 4; HOUSTON, Yvonne 0-2 0-0 0;
HENRI, Alexandra 0-2 0-0 0; O'MALLEY, Tara 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-63 15-22 61.

COLO. CHRISTIAN WOMEN (2-4)

Abby Rosenthal 4-8 4-6 12; Talmai Aguirre 3-12 3-6 12; Jodie Krall 3-5 1-2
8; Meghan Verbitsky 2-2 2-3 8; Holly Valdez 2-2 0-0 4; Stephenie Allen 2-2
0-0 4; Ainsley Barratt 1-4 0-0 3; Audrey Finley 1-4 0-0 2; Kelsie Hert 1-2

0-0 2. Totals 19-41 10-17 55.
Barry......................... 31 30 - 61
Colo. Christian Women.......... 26 29 - 55

3-point goals--Barry 4-13 (MARTINEZ, Lucy 2-2; SINGLETARY, Kristy 2-4;
SUTTINGTON, Shanna 0-1; HOUSTON, Yvonne 0-1; HENRI, Alexandra 0-2; BAILEY,
Princess 0-2; GREENE, Mariesa 0-1), Colo. Christian Women 7-18 (Talmai
Aguirre 3-9; Meghan Verbitsky 2-2; Ainsley Barratt 1-3; Jodie Krall 1-2;
Audrey Finley 0-2). Fouled out--Barry-None, Colo. Christian Women-None.
Rebounds--Barry 39 (BAILEY, Princess 10), Colo. Christian Women 29 (Abby
Rosenthal 8). Assists--Barry 6 (BAILEY, Princess 4), Colo. Chrisian Women 14
(Jodie Krall 4; Audrey Finley 4). Total fouls--Barry 17, Colo. Chrisian
Women 20. Technical fouls--Barry-None, Colo. Christian Women-None. A-112