Women's Basketball

SPORTS 1/30/16 9:52am

Last-second layup gives women's basketball win at Northeastern

Freshman guard/forward Nikki McDonald made a layup with three seconds left to give the Elon University women's basketball team its third straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win, 56-54 over Northeastern University Friday afternoon. McDonald's layup was assisted by sophomore guard Shay Burnett, who picked up her fifth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.

SPORTS 1/23/16 3:46pm

Defense leads the way in women’s basketball win

The Elon University women’s basketball team used a stout defensive effort to overcome offensive struggles and claim a 52-41 victory over the College of Charleston Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak. In a game that was riddled with offensive miscues from both teams, Elon won the rebounding battle 45-36 including several offensive rebounds late in the game that took time off the clock and sealed the Colonial Athletic Association victory for the Phoenix (10-7 overall, 3-3 CAA). “You have to control the controllables and we feel like the two things you can control are defense and rebounding,” said Elon coach Charlotte Smith.

SPORTS 1/17/16 5:03pm

Women's basketball pummeled by Drexel, 74-31

The Elon University women's basketball team was playing from behind all day in Philadelphia, falling to Drexel University, 74-31.  The Phoenix were trounced out of the gates, falling into a 20-8 hole after the first quarter and a 38-19 deficit by halftime. Elon had no answer for junior forward Sarah Curran, who went for 22 points and seven rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting, to go with a pair of threes, including 18 points in just the first half alone.  Essence Baucom and Shay Burnett led the way for the lagging Phoenix, with seven points apiece.

SPORTS 1/16/16 10:09pm

Women's basketball can't stop Towson late in loss

The Elon University women’s basketball team could not stop Towson University in the fourth quarter, giving up 37 points en route to a 85-78 Colonial Athletic Association loss Friday night. With the game tied at 48 after three periods, Elon gave up eight straight points in a two-minute, 50-second stretch to fall behind by double-digits with the Tigers.

SPORTS 1/11/16 10:43am

Women's basketball falls to JMU in OT

The Elon University women’s basketball team nearly beat James Madison University on Sunday afternoon despite a lack of rebounding, but ultimately the Phoenix fell 81-76 in overtime at Alumni Gym in the Colonial Athletic Association affair. “We have to control the things that we can control defensively and, of course, boxing out.

SPORTS 1/9/16 10:24pm

Women's basketball edges Hofstra in final seconds, 61-60

The Elon University women's basketball edged Hofstra at Alumni Gym Friday night, 61-60, after sophomore guard Shay Burnett sank two free throws with seven seconds left on the clock. "It runs up my dry-cleaning bill because I stress myself out," joked head coach Charlotte Smith. "It helps to know that we can win games in the clutch."

SPORTS 1/4/16 6:04pm

Women's basketball holds off UNCW in CAA opener

The Elon University women's basketball team fended off a late run from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington en route to a 67-60 win Sunday afternoon. Despite early foul trouble and offensive struggles, the Phoenix secured the victory in the Colonial Athletic Association season opener. "I felt like the early foul trouble that we had took us out of our rhythm offensively," said Elon coach Charlotte Smith. 

SPORTS 12/29/15 4:00pm

Women's basketball's comeback attempt falls short

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — From the opening tip-off, the Elon University women's basketball team did not look confident at West Virginia University Monday night. The Phoenix lost on the boards, committed too many turnovers and fell behind by double digits after one period of play. Despite a late run in the fourth period, Elon fell short of a comeback and lost 67-57.

SPORTS 12/15/15 5:43am

Women's basketball knocks off NC State

The Elon University women’s basketball team pulled off an upset Sunday, Dec. 13, defeating North Carolina State University 69-66 in a close game. It's the first win over NC State in program history after the Phoenix lost the previous eight games to the Wolfpack. The first game after a break for finals, which was played at Broughton High School in Raleigh due to renovations at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum, was tightly contested all afternoon, with neither team leading by more than three points at the end of each quarter.

SPORTS 11/13/15 4:00pm

Lone freshman enters spotlight for Elon

There’s only one freshman on the Elon University women’s basketball team this year, and according to senior guard Josepha Mbouma, the Phoenix may have found a gem. “If we’re only to have one freshman, we got the perfect one,” Mbouma said. The “perfect one” is guard/forward Nikki McDonald, who comes to Elon from Atlanta. And she’s been making heads turn throughout the preseason practices.

SPORTS 11/13/15 3:00pm

Column: Sophomores ready to fill big roles

Elon University women’s basketball coach Charlotte Smith threw Shay Burnett and Malaya Johnson, the team’s two freshmen, right into the fire last year. And they produced. Burnett, a guard, led the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game, and Johnson, a forward averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

SPORTS 11/13/15 12:00pm

Women’s basketball carries tough defeat into new year

Even as the new season is set to begin for the Elon University women’s basketball team, there has been a focus on the way last season ended. In the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament semifinals, the Phoenix faced off against James Madison University, and had multiple chances to win the game late. But Elon was unable to make three potentially tying baskets in the final minute, including two 3-point tries from senior forward Same Coffer ’15 in the last 20 seconds, and lost 63-60. The Dukes would go on to win the CAA championship the next day, leaving an image that head coach Charlotte Smith decided to use. “Last year, after the season, Coach Smith actually put posters on our lockers of JMU holding up the trophy,” said senior guard Josepha Mbouma.