SPORTS BRIEFS: SCAD has perfect score in equestrian win; UGA, Georgia Tech women’s hoops triumph

LOCAL

 

SCAD has perfect score

in equestrian victory

The SCAD Savannah equestrian team posted a perfect score and earned 16 of 18 blue ribbons to win the Region 5 Zone 5 IHSA event at home Saturday in Hardeeville, S.C.

The Bees, who have won five consecutive competitions, scored a perfect score of 49 points to come in first in the 15-team field.

SCAD senior Sarah Gordon was the high point rider and freshman Adam Edgar was the reserve high point rider.

SCAD individuals:

Sarah Gordon – 1. Open Over Fences, 1. Open Flat

Adam Edgar – 1. Open Over Fences, 1. Intermediate Flat

Caydee Dickensheets – 1. Open Flat

Jessica Konopinski – 1. Intermediate Over Fences

Sara O’Brien – 1. Intermediate Over Fences

Alain Soekhlal – 4. Intermediate Flat

Brady Martino – 1. Novice Over Fences

Grace Amerling – 1. Novice Over Fences

Addison Diaz – 1. Novice Flat

Tess Mroczka – 1. Novice Flat

Grace Crawford – 1. Novice Flat

Isabella Peek – 1. Novice Flat

Mikayla Colson – 1. Walk/Trot/Canter

Lindsay Petersen – 3. Walk/Trot/Canter

Julia Bohse – FSH – 1. Walk/Trot/Canter

Rebekah Eubanks – 1. Walk Trot

STATE

UGA women’s team

defeats Wofford 95-56

ATHENS — The Georgia women’s basketball team notched its 12th straight season-opening victory Sunday with a 95-56 win over Wofford at Stegeman Coliseum.

Freshman standout Que Morrison poured in a team-high 19 points in her first collegiate game. The native of Riverdale scored the most points as a Bulldog freshman in a season opener since Tasha Humphrey against Furman in 2004.

Morrison was joined by Stephanie Paul, with 16 points, and her former McEachern High School teammate Caliya Robinson, who scored 15. The junior forward’s performance marks her 10th double-digit scoring performance in her last 12 outings.

With two blocks on Sunday’s game, Robinson tied Tasha Humphrey and moved to No. 10 all-time among Georgia’s career blocks leaders with 119.

UGA’s Taja Cole and Mackenzie Engram contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Georgia Tech women

rout S.C. State 86-40

ATLANTA — Senior Zaire O’Neil became the 30th Yellow Jacket in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history to cross the 1,000-career point plateau Sunday as Tech defeated South Carolina State in the home opener 86-40.

Four Jackets finished in double-figure scoring numbers led by Francesca Pan with 14. Kaylan Pugh contributed 13 points. Breanna Brown added 12 points and O’Neil finished with 10 points – all coming off the bench as Tech picked up 50 points from reserves.

Tech (2-0) won the rebounding battle 45-36, led by Elo Edeferioka and Chanin Scott each with seven boards apiece.

INTERNATIONAL

United States beats Belarus

to win its 18th Fed Cup title

MINSK, Belarus — A 17-year championship drought came to an end Sunday for the United States when it beat Belarus 3-2 to take its 18th Fed Cup title.

CoCo Vandeweghe and Shelby Rogers defeated Aryna Sabalenka and Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the deciding doubles of the 2017 final. It was the first Fed Cup title for the U.S. since 2000.

“It feels perfectly believable and unbelievable,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m ready for a vacation.”

The Belarus pair led 5-2 in the second set and served to level at one-set apiece in the eighth, 10th and 12th games. The Americans dominated the tiebreaker, winning five of the last six points.

Sasnovich had kept Belarus alive after beating U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 4-6, 6-1, 8-6 to leave the final level at 2-2 on the indoor hard-court Chizhovka Arena.

Vandeweghe earlier beat Sabalenka 7-6 (5), 6-1 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead.

Kathy Rinaldi, in her inaugural season in charge of the Americans, became the first female captain in the tournament to lead a Fed Cup team to victory since Billie Jean King for the U.S. in 2000.

“It’s been an incredible ride thanks to these ladies,” Rinaldi said. “We’re family and we’ve had each other’s backs. This was a very tough match.”

The U.S. holds the most Fed Cup titles in the international team competition. This was its fourth Fed Cup final since last winning in 2000. It lost the 2003, 2009 and 2010 finals.

Belarus was making its first appearance in a Fed Cup final.

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