Rust throttles Fisk in GCAC Championship Game, 67-39

Courtesy of Rust Athletics

#3 Fisk

#3 Fisk




#1 Rust

#1 Rust



Final 1234T
#3 Fisk (20-9)51671139
#1 Rust (28-3)2117171267

The #1 seed Rust College women’s basketball program continues to build and grow its ever-expanding run of dominance as the Lady Bearcats sailed to their third consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship as well as its 15th straight victory overall in an all-around impressive display of depth, pummeling #3 seed Fisk in the title game, 67-39.

The Basics: 

  • Score
    • #1 Rust – 67
    • #3 Fisk – 39
  • Records
    • #1 Rust (28-3, 17-1 Gulf Coast)
    • #3 Fisk (20-9, 15-3 Gulf Coast)
  • Location
    • Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Birthright Alumni Hall


  • Series History
    • Rust Leads 34-5 (87.2%)


  • Winning Streak
    • Rust (W3) | Fisk’s Last Win: February 10, 2023 (63-61)

Rust Top Performers: 

  • Kennedi Green was the Championship Game MVP and an All-Tournament Team selection, adding a contest-best 15 points on 6-for-11 (54.5%) shooting plus four boards, two steals, and two assists over just 17 minutes as a reserve.
  • Diamond Sweats was the opposite of Green, being named GCAC Tournament MVP as well as obviously joining her teammate among the All-Tournament Team members. The Texarkana transfer ended the day with nine points and a match-high seven rebounds plus a pair of both steals and assists.
  • In what has become a theme among this ridiculously deep squad, Dekeriya Pattersonscored more points (11) than she had minutes on the floor (10), hitting 4-of-8 buckets on top of a trio of boards.
  • Niya McGuire was the fourth Lady Bearcat in double-figures with 11, cashing in on her lone triple attempt while grabbing five rebounds and swiping a game-most three takeaways.
  • Zoe Alexander nearly joined her sisters in Blue and White in the scoring category as she logged nine in addition to dishing out the most assists on either side (3) and recording an 80% field goal percentage (4-of-5).



  • The champs will have to wait until the NAIA Tournament Selection Show to know where their next destination will be. The show can be watched here on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. CT as RC looks to advance past the Regional Round and onto Sioux City, Iowa after a pair of near-misses the past two seasons.

Game Leaders

#3 Fisk

Pts:  Maya Buckhanon – 9

Reb:  Maya Buckhanon – 9

Ast: 2 Players (#15, #44) – 2

#1 Rust

Pts:  Kennedi Green – 15

Reb:  Diamond Sweats – 7

Ast:  Zoe Alexander – 3

Team Stats

Game Statistics#3 Fisk#1 Rust
Field Goals(14-58)(25-54)
Field Goal %24.1%46.3%
Pts off Turnovers719
2nd Chance Pts167
Pts in the Paint1822
Fastbreak Pts09
Bench Pts1032

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