Recap: Harrison captains team to commanding 94-80 win
DALLAS — Team Harrison made sure Team Sims was not able to mount another fourth quarter comeback as the squad led from start to finish en route to posting a 94-80 victory to complete Wednesday’s Athletes Unlimited Basketball doubleheader at Fair Park Coliseum.
Forward Isabelle Harrison captained her team to the victory by posting a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds to secure MVP 1 honors and a game-high 546 leaderboard points. The former Tennessee standout was 10-of-25 shooting from the floor and also dished out five assists with two blocks.
Guard Kelsey Mitchell earned her league-leading ninth Game MVP award with the MVP 2 distinction following her 17-point, 8-rebound performance. Mitchell, who also tallied four assists, amassed 502 leaderboard points, including 142 stat points.
Guard Kierstan Bell led Team Sims in the loss with 23 points and seven rebounds to garner MVP 3 notice, while team captain Odyssey Sims notched a game-high 26 points with eight assists and two rebounds.
Team Harrison never trailed in the contest and used an 11-2 run in the final two minutes of the opening quarter to build a 30-17 lead. Team Sims narrowed the gap to 48-47 in the third quarter, but a 12-0 outburst by Team Harrison in a three-minute span later in the stanza was too much to overcome.
Sims remains the league leader with 5,877 points and enters Friday’s action with a 404-point advantage over forward Naz Hillmon. Harrison continues to hold the No. 4 position with 5,217 points.
Team Sims and Team Harrison combined to make 16 three-pointers in Wednesday’s nightcap, moving the league’s season total to 389 triples through 26 games this season … Aspiration is committed to planting 10 trees for every three-pointer made this season as part of its ‘Trees for Threes’ initiative.
Team Sims challenged an out-of-bounds call with 5:05 left in the first quarter, which was successful … Teams are now 15-for-34 (.441) in captain’s challenges through 26 games this season.
Team Sims and Team Harrison combined to shoot 26-for-29 from the free throw line and registered 40 assists on 66 made field goals.
Harrison notched the seventh double-double of her Athletes Unlimited career, including the third this season, after finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s contest.
Sims has extended her streak of consecutive double-digit outputs to 21 straight games after her 26-point performance on Wednesday … She also reached the 20-point mark for the 10th straight game.
Bell earned her 10th double-digit scoring game of the season with 23 points for Team Sims on Wednesday night … Bell also reached 20 or more points for the fourth time this season.
Mitchell owns five straight double-digit scoring affairs following her 17-point effort against Team Sims on Wednesday night … It also marked the 22nd game with 10 or more points in Mitchell’s Athletes Unlimited career.
Guard Layshia Clarendon has back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts for the first time in their Athletes Unlimited career with 15 points on Wednesday night … Clarendon also had 19 points against Team Hillmon last Saturday to finish Week Four.
Forward Theresa Plaisance secured her eighth double-digit scoring performance of the season against Team Sims on Wednesday with 10 points … Plaisance was 3-for-5 from three-point range and split her two free throw attempts.
Forward N’dea Jones recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 points and a season-high 11 rebounds … Jones also reached double figures in scoring for the second time this season.
- #1 – Isabelle Harrison (Team Harrison, +90)
- #2 – Kelsey Mitchell (Team Harrison, +60)
- #3 – Kierstan Bell (Team Sims, +30)
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