Duethman
MC

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Maryville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 75-62 in the championship game of the 2012 Great Lakes Valley Conference. The league title is the first for the Saints and earned them a berth the NCAA tournament.

Shelby Miller was named Tournament MVP, while Abby Duethman and Rita Flynn were selected to the All-Tournament squad.

Kentucky Wesleyan held a 52-50 lead with 11 minutes left before the Saints took charge with a 14-3 run. Duethman tied the game and her 3-pointer gave Maryville a 55-52 lead at the 9:55 mark. Flynn powered inside for a layup, and Duethman stole a pass and went the length of the court for a 59-52 lead.

KWC hit one free throw, but Flynn spun inside for another layup and Kate Childs drilled a 3-pointer for a 64-53 lead with 6:27 to play. The Panthers edged to within 10 points, but the Saints sealed the win with eight straight points. Miller hit a deep 3-pointer, and Childs had a layup.

Erica Lorton completed a three-point play to close out the Panthers.

The GLVC title is the first for Maryville as the Saints are in their first season of postseason eligibility.

Duethman had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds, while Childs added 16 points. Flynn and Miller both chipped in 10 points apiece. The Saints win their fifth consecutive and improve to 19-11.