ERIE, Pa. – Brittany Batts hit seven consecutive three-pointers and scored a career-high 26 points as No. 10 Gannon won a top-15 battle against No. 14 Indiana (Pa.) 69-58 on Saturday at the Hammermill Center.
Playing without leading scorer Jen Papich, Gannon received more than enough compensation from Batts, a sophomore guard. She missed her first three shots from behind the arc before draining seven consecutive three-pointers. The effort equaled the most triples in a game since Caitlyn Lowe hit seven against Lock Haven on Feb. 8, 2012 and was two shy of the Gannon single-game record.
The majority of the first half was played evenly until Gannon put a run together late in the half that gave the Lady Knights a lead that they would never relinquished. The home squad snapped a 19-point tie with a decisive 12-2 run.
Nettie Blake started the streak with a jumper. Four different Lady Knights scored during the run that was capped by consecutive goals from Batts. The second pushed the Gannon lead to 31-21 with 1:43 remaining in the first half. Her third triple in the span of 2:18 gave the Lady Knights a 35-23 edge with 57 seconds left, before a late IUP basket accounted for the 35-25 halftime score.
Gannon never let Indiana pull away during the second half. The Lady Knights grabbed their biggest lead of the game at 49-35 following Kelsey McCoy’s jumper with 10:15 to play.
The lead never dipped below eight points the rest of the way. Gannon held a 14-point advantage on five different occasions, before posting a 69-58 victory.
Batts led all scorers from both teams with a career-high 26 points, hitting 8-of-15 overall shots and 7-of-10 three-pointers. She also went 3-of-4 from the free throw line while grabbing four rebounds. Jennie Thies was the only other Gannon player in double digits with 10 points off the bench. Seven different Lady Knights scored.
Gannon shot 48.1 percent (25-52) from the field, 36.4 percent (8-22) from three-point range and 57.9 percent (11-19) from the free throw line.
Lindsay Stamp led the IUP offensive attack with 14 points off the bench. Sarah Pastorek and Melanie Todd added 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Indiana shot 37.5 percent (18-48) from the floor, 16.7 percent (3-18) from behind the arc and 86.4 percent (19-22) from the charity stripe.
Gannon improved to 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with its seven consecutive victory. It marks the program’s longest win streak since opening the 2011-12 campaign with eight consecutive wins. The Lady Knights also extended their streak of consecutive regular-season home wins to 10.
Indiana suffered its first loss. The Crimson Hawks are now 6-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.