Women's Basketball


NEWS 12/17/14 11:35pm

Johnson scores 22 as Elon women defeat Campbell

Freshman center Malaya Johnson scored 22 points as the Elon University women’s basketball team rolled past the Campbell University Camels, 77-51. Johnson was hot from all over the court, shooting 83 percent from the field and 66 percent from the free throw line.


NEWS 12/14/14 6:03pm

Elon women come up empty-handed against Vanderbilt

The Elon women’s basketball team fell short against Vanderbilt University on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Alumni Gym 66-50. Elon never seemed to get solid footing against their Southeastern Conference opponent, even falling behind 31 points midway through the second half. Senior guard Zora Stephenson had a productive day for the Phoenix, leading the team in total points with 14 to pair with three steals, after an impressive first half showing.


NEWS 11/26/14 11:16am

Elon starts 4-0 for the first time in 17 years

While dorms may have emptied Tuesday as students traveled home for Thanksgiving break, Alumni Gym filled with excitement as the Elon University women’s basketball team fended off the Liberty University Flames by a 73-62 score and captured its first 4-0 start in 17 years. Senior guard Zora Stephenson made a layup five seconds into the game.


NEWS 11/21/14 6:13pm

Phoenix shoots its way past 49ers

Behind an 18-point performance by senior guard Zora Stephenson and a 43 percent shooting night, the Elon University women's basketball team flew past the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 67-54 on Friday night, Nov.


NEWS 11/20/14 12:14am

Elon freshman center shines in debut

Most freshmen take a redshirt year, some play minimal minutes and very few play valuable roles. The latter is what Elon University head women’s basketball coach Charlotte Smith has done with her talented freshman center Malaya Johnson.


NEWS 11/15/14 12:03am

Phoenix squeaks past Trojans

Chalk it up to first game jitters or early season rustiness. Whatever the reason, the Elon University women’s basketball team was unable to pull away and was pushed to the brink by Division II Anderson University before creating separation late and escaping with a 77-72 win in its season opener Nov.


NEWS 11/12/14 10:52pm

New talent adds depth to Elon women's basketball

From the opponent’s standpoint, planning to play the Elon University women’s basketball team has become easier over the last few years. It was expected that Elon’s offense would feature a steady diet of Ali Ford, Kelsey Harris or Zora Stephenson, and not much else. Enter true freshmen Shay Burnett and Malaya Johnson and sophomore transfer Essence Baucom, and gone are the days of an Elon team with limited options. “One of the things as coaches we’re most excited about is the depth,” said Charlotte Smith, who’s entering her fourth year as head coach of the Phoenix.


NEWS 11/12/14 4:51pm

Elon looks to build tempo with experienced roster

The Elon University women’s basketball roster enters the 2014-2015 season largely intact from last year. The team includes the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and sophomore forward Jennifer Rhodes, as well as a member of the Southern Conference All-Freshman team, sophomore guard Lauren Brown. This may spell trouble for the rest of the Colonial Athletic Association, as the Phoenix enters its first year of play in the new conference.


NEWS 3/12/14 1:48pm

'Like a movie': Elon reflects on roller coaster season

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Five months ago, questions surrounded the Elon University women’s basketball team. The Phoenix had to replace 1,000-point scorer Kelsey Evans and 2,000-point scorer Ali Ford. Kelsey Harris was the team’s lone senior and was being thrown into a leadership role. High expectations surrounded all four freshmen.


SPORTS 3/9/14 3:37pm

Elon eliminated in SoCon semis by UTC

A day after using a strong game down low to push past Appalachian State, the Elon University Women's Basketball couldn't repeat the performance, struggling in the paint on its way to a 77-44 semi-final loss against the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. With the victory, UTC moves on to play the winner of Davidson and Western Carolina The defeat ends the season for the Phoenix, in addition to an era, as Elon moves to the Colonial Athletic Association after a decade of Southern Conference play. It was a day where nothing went right for Elon, and nothing went wrong for UTC.


NEWS 3/9/14 3:36pm

Cold stretch eliminates Elon from SoCon Tournament

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — With just under three minutes to play, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga guard Whitney Hartlage threw a pass downcourt in transition that was tipped by an Elon University defender. But, after the deflection, it ended up in the hands of Chattanooga’s Meghan Downes, who easily laid it in for two points. That moment was just a microcosm of a frustrating day for Elon University, as the fifth-seeded -Phoenix fell to No.


SPORTS 3/8/14 8:24pm

Elon Women defeat App St., advance to SoCon semi-finals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdpQYZ9SJ6c ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A technical foul late in the second half by Elon's Jessica Farmer allowed Appalachian State to climb back in the game, but the Phoenix held off the Mountaineers for a 59-56 victory in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament. This was the third meeting between the two schools this season; they split the regular season series as both held their home court. With the win, Elon (15-15) advances to the semi-finals where they will face #1 seed Chattanooga (27-3) on Sunday at 12 p.m.