Fifth-ranked West Texas A&M secures 12th consecutive game, wins 81-70
KINGSVILLE, Texas -- The No. 5 Lady Buffs found themselves down early, but rallied for a 81-70 victory Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M-Kingsville. With the win, WT improved to 19-1 on the year and a perfect 10-0 in Lone Star Conference play and won its league-leading 12th game in a row. TAMUK fell to 8-12 and 3-7 in LSC play.
Senior Casey Land led the way with a game-high 20 points on 5 of 7 from the field, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and 6 of 6 from the line. Senior Devin Griffin tallied her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. She was 6 of 12 from the field and 3 of 3 from the line. Senior Lacee Logan had 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting and 4 of 8 from range, while senior Sally Higgins had 10 points off the bench.
As a team, the Lady Buffs shot 49.1 percent from the field on 27 of 55. They were 11 of 23 from beyond the arc and 16 of 21 from the line. WT out-rebounded TAMUK 48-25 and 18-11 on the offensive end. WT had an uncharacteristic and season-high 26 turnovers in the game.
TAMUK was led by 14 points from Lauren Jay and Ashley Viera. The Javelinas shot 42.4 percent from the field on 25 of 59. They were 5 of 19 from beyond the arc and 15 of 26 from the line. They stayed in the game on points off turnovers as the 26 WT miscues led to a 27-17 advantage for TAMUK in points off turnovers.
No. 2 Colorado Mesa 95, Chadron State 62
CHADRON, Neb. -- After leading by just six points at halftime, Colorado Mesa outscored the Chadron State Eagles 56-29 in the second half and cruised to a 95-62 win. The win was the Mavericks 21st consecutive win and secured them a home playoff game in the RMAC Tournament.
Colorado Mesa had a huge advantage in two categories: points off turnovers and points in the paint. The Mavericks scored 26 points off 17 Eagle turnovers while committing a season-low three turnovers on the night. They also had a 44-20 advantage on points in the paint.
Sharaya Selsor and Aubry Boehme led the Maverick scoring. Selsor finished with 25 points and six assists while Boehme had 22 points and six rebounds.
Christen Lopez finished the night with a double-double. Lopez had 12 points and 10 assists, tying her career-high which she set earlier this season.
Leanndra Gilbert also finished in double figures with 12 points off the bench for CMU.
No. 3 Gannon 70, Mercyhurst 56
ERIE, Pa. -- Facing its largest halftime deficit of the season, Gannon shot 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to defeat Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West Division rival Mercyhurst 70-56 on Saturday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Senior Jen Papich went a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor, leading the Lady Knights with 22 points in the win. Capturing their fifth consecutive victory, the Lady Knights improve to 22-1 overall and 11-1 in the PSAC West, while the Lakers drop to 6-15 on the season and 4-7 in divisional play.
No. 6 Harding 89, Southwestern Oklahoma 74
SEARCY, Ark. -- Senior forward Kristen Celsor scored 25 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Harding against Southwestern Oklahoma 89-74 on Saturday in Great American Conference action. The Lady Bisons improved to 21-1 overall and 13-1 in the GAC.
It was Harding's 14th consecutive home win dating back to last season. It is the second longest winning streak at home in school history. Harding won 16 in a row from 1995-96.
It was Celsor's eighth double-double of the season and the 15th in her career. Celsor needed two rebounds before the game to get to 700 in her career. She now ranks seventh all-time at Harding with 711.
Junior forward Arielle Saunders had 14 points and tied a season high with 15 rebounds. It was the fifth time this season she has had 15 rebounds.
Harding had 56 rebounds in the game, tying for eighth in a Harding single game. The Lady Bisons had 21 offensive rebounds, led by Saunders who tied a season-high with seven. Southwestern Oklahoma had only 36 rebounds.
No. 7 Emporia State 80, Fort Hayes State 77
EMPORIA, Kansas -- For the second game the Lady Hornets overcame a deficit with less than two minutes remaining to post a win against an in-state rival as they defeated Fort Hays State 80-77 on Saturday afternoon in White Auditorium.
Amber Vandiver led the Lady Hornets with 20 points and seven rebounds while Kionna Kellogg had her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and ten rebounds. Quick had 15 points while Haley Parker added 11 and Kelly Moten had ten points.
No. 9 Drury 78, Illinois-Springfield 59
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Bethanie Funderburk scored a season-high 25 points and became the No. 2 all-time scorer in the history of the Lady Panthers as Drury rolled to a 78-59 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory against Illinois-Springfield on Saturday afternoon at The Recreation and Athletics Center.
Funderburk scored 20 points in the first half, moving her past current DU assistant coach and former Lady Panthers star Molly Carter-Miller (1,570 points from 2004-08) on the career charts. Funderburk now has 1,581 points in her four seasons at DU and is chasing Amanda Newton's record of 1,815 points scored from 2002-06.
The Lady Panthers moved to 19-2 overall and 11-2 in the GLVC, taking control of this one in the first half -- building a 45-19 advantage by halftime -- and leading by as many as 33 points before the Prairie Stars cut it down to 19 in the end.
UIS (5-16, 1-12 in the GLVC) had an 0-for-20 shooting stretch from the field from the 12:28 mark of the first half until there were 16 minutes left in the second half that crippled any thoughts the Prairie Stars might have had of a comeback, though Huber wasn't exactly tickled with Drury's effort after halftime.
Amber Dvorak had 15 points, Sanayika Shields added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Kylie Williamson had 10 points in just 14 minutes while playing through an apparent back injury suffered in the game's opening minutes.
No. 8 Wayne State (Neb.) 91, Winona State 57
WAYNE, Neb. -- Wayne State (Neb.) rebounded from a poor shooting night on Friday to power past Winona State 91-57 in Northern Sun Conference women's basketball played Saturday evening at Rice Auditorium. The Wildcats remain in first place in the NSIC, improving to 23-2 overall, 16-2 in the conference, while Winona drops to 8-14, 4-14 in the NSIC.
Four different Wildcats finished in double-figures on Saturday night, pacing the Wayne State offense. Ellen Hansen, Ashton Yossi, Milie Niggeling and Jordan Spencer combined for 57 of the 91 points, but 11 different Wildcats contributed offensively on the night. After finishing the game on Friday night against Upper Iowa just 1-16 from beyond the arc, WSC responded to shoot 47.6 percent from three point land, 10-21. Hansen and Yossi each finished with three triples on the night.
No. 10 Glenville State 53, Charleston (W. Va.) 50
GLENVILLE, W.Va. -- The Lady Pioneers survived a scare at home against Charleston as GSC held on for a 53-50 victory.
In the first half of play, the Lady Pioneers struggled as they found themselves down at half time 26-32.
In the second half it was much of the same, however the Lady Pioneers managed to out score Charleston 27-18 as they defeated Charleston by three points 53-50.
The Lady Pioneers defense caused 18 turnovers while converting them into 17 points. GSC also outscored the Golden Eagles in the paint 21-18.