Preseason results roundup: Friday, November 2, 2012: DII Anderson shocks Clemson, Mississippi State barely survives Shorter

Connecticut, Michigan and other DI schools cruised to preseason victories Friday night. Mississippi State had trouble with a new DII team. DII Wayne State defeated Western Michigan. And, in an eye-opener, DII Anderson University shocked Clemson, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Trojans overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to defeat the Lady Tigers, 72-65.

From the Anderson website:

Senior Alissa Diaz, who scored 10 points and recorded seven rebounds against the Lady Tigers as a freshman, tallied a team-high 21 points. The 5-foot-10 guard was 11-of-12 from the free throw line, including three of four inside the final 17 seconds to help clinch the win. Senior guard Amanda Parris added 15 points and recorded six rebounds, while sophomore guard Sierra Simpson pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds and shared game-high honors with five assists.

“I’m so proud of our team,” said Anderson head coach Jim Brunelli. “When you trust in each other great things can happen. It is all about believing and trusting in each other. Offensively we made good passes and defensively we were in the right spot. They [Clemson] are a young team that will get better and do well this season.”

SEC member Mississippi State under the leadership of new coach Vic Schaefer barely made it past Shorter University. The Hawks ended their NAIA membership in June and are in the process of transitioning to full DII membership.

From the Mississippi State website:

Shorter opened the game with a 9-0 run and extended the lead to 10 on a Karisma Boykin three-pointer with 14:16 left before halftime.

The Bulldogs slowly began to chip away at the Shorter lead. With two minutes left before half, Williams sank back-to-back baskets to trim the Lady Hawk advantage to one at 22-21.

Senior Darriel Gaynor gave MSU a 25-22 lead with consecutive layups, and the Bulldogs took a 25-24 advantage to the intermission after Shorter’s Ieshia Alexander ended the half with a pair of free throws.

“I think we played hard. You don’t force 26 turnovers standing around. I’m encouraged with how hard we played at times, and I appreciate our kids’ effort,” Schaefer said. “This time of year there is a lot to work on, but I’m pleased with our effort.”

MSU maintained the advantage throughout the second half, answering every time Shorter would try to make a run. After shooting 27.8 percent from the floor in the opening half, the Bulldogs connected on 39.3-percent of their shots over the final 20 minutes.

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