Philander Knocks Off Fisk University At Home

Philander Knocks Off Fisk University At Home

In a thrilling basketball matchup on January 27, 2024, Philander Smith emerged victorious against Fisk, claiming a hard-fought win with a final score of 63-58. The electrifying game unfolded at Mims Gymnasium, drawing an engaged crowd of 255 enthusiastic spectators.

The early stages of the game witnessed Fisk seizing control, notching up 16 points in the first quarter, while Philander Smith lagged behind with 9. Undeterred, Philander Smith mounted a comeback in the second quarter, outscoring Fisk 17-13. This momentum carried into the third quarter, with Philander Smith continuing their surge by scoring 21 points, compared to Fisk's 14. The climactic final quarter saw Philander Smith secure their triumph with 16 points, while Fisk managed to muster only 15.

Both teams showcased commendable performances, but it was Philander Smith's precision shooting that ultimately proved decisive. They boasted a shooting accuracy of 31.7% from the field, 30.4% from beyond the arc, and 64.3% from the free-throw line. In contrast, Fisk grappled with their shooting, achieving percentages of 44.0%, 25.0%, and 61.1% in field goals, three-pointers, and free throws, respectively.

Fisk's standout players included Jayla Bibbs, who contributed 14 points along with 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and Courtney Lumpkins, who tallied an impressive 16 points. Maya Buckhanon also played a pivotal role for Fisk, scoring 17 points and grabbing a remarkable 14 rebounds.

On the Philander Smith side, Shaniya Thomas emerged as the star performer, leading the team with 21 points. Ari Winston also made significant contributions, scoring 14 points and adding 9 rebounds. Winston's defensive prowess shone through with 5 steals.

In the grand scheme of the closely contested game, Philander Smith's adept shooting and formidable defensive efforts proved to be the deciding factors. The victory solidified Philander Smith's prowess on the court, leaving Fisk in their wake after an intense battle.