Lady J’s handle Thiel for play-in victory

Monday night at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse felt like déjà vu.

It was a rematch of the 2020-21 play-in round of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) postseason tournament.

Last year’s tournament saw the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets (6-19, 5-13) victorious in overtime against Thiel College (5-17, 3-12) 72-67.

No overtime was necessary this time around in the Lady J’s 63-53 win over the Tomcats.

The two leads the Tomcats managed were early in the first quarter at 6-5 and 9-7.

Otherwise, the Yellow Jackets were in front for the rest of the contest.  

“In the first half, I think we were lacking a little bit on defense, but I think we really cleaned it up in the second half,” junior point guard Anika Dansby said.

One of the biggest highlights of the night belonged to senior forward Brooke Fuller, who knocked down her first three-pointer of the season from straightaway.

“I knew that one was going up as soon as she caught the ball,” Waynesburg head coach Sam Jones said with a smile.

Jones was not bashful when talking about his forward.

“She’s the best post player in the conference right now,” Jones said. “When you have a dominant post player as good as Brooke Fuller, the perimeter shots are always going to be somewhat open.”

Speaking of perimeter shots, sophomore guard Avery guard knocked down three triples in her 11-point effort.

“We found the shooters and just [kept] them located,” Dansby said. “Once we get the ball inside and look out, I think that’s a big success we’ve been having.”

Fuller ended with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Dansby posted a double-double which included a season-high 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Junior forward Destiny Johnson led the way for Thiel with 23 points, 11 rebounds and went 5-7 from the free throw line.

A tall task awaits the Lady Jackets less than 24 hours later.

The number-one seeded Washington and Jefferson Presidents are waiting patiently for the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets up I-79 for the next round of the playoffs.

Tipoff is tonight, at 6 p.m.