WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- The eighth-ranked Jennies collected their sixth consecutive victory, defeating visiting Washburn 68-57 at the Multipurpose Building on Monday night.
The Jennies (11-1, 5-0 MIAA) and Ichabods (7-5, 3-3 MIAA) played to seven ties in the early stages of the game, but UCM gained some separation with a 23-15 lead with 11:59 left in the first half, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Quinnecia Twine and baskets from Shelby Winkelmann and Revonnia Howard.
The MIAA Player of the Week, Keuna Flax, scored 15 points in the opening half to help the Jennies stay in front and head into the locker room with a 42-31 lead. UCM took advantage of 12 turnovers by Washburn, converting the miscues into 14 points in the first 20 minutes.
Flax and Winkelmann opened the second half scoring the first 11 points for UCM. The Jennies' lead reached 14 with 11:51 remaining, but the Ichabods scored the next eight points to cut the lead to 55-49. The two teams exchanged baskets during the next four minutes, keeping the gap at six.
Twine helped put the game away with just more than two minutes remaining. She found Brielle Wattley who splashed a jump shot to bump Central Missouri's lead to 63-55 and would later convert on her second 3-pointer of the night with 1:24 left, pushing the Jennies' lead to 11.
Flax picked up her second consecutive double-double and third this season with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. Winkelmann added 18 on 7 of 11 shooting (63.6 percent). Howard set new career highs with 14 boards and five blocks, while adding six points of her own.
The win keeps the Jennies' home win streak alive at 20 games and marks the program's second consecutive 11-1 start and first 5-0 conference record since the 1995-96 season. The victory was Dave Slifer's 180th as head coach of the UCM program.
No. 3 Emporia State 81, Lindenwood 66
ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Emporia State had two players with double-doubles as it improved to 14-0 with an 81-66 win at Lindenwood on Monday night. It is the fourth best start in school history.
Laura Patrick scored the first eight points of the game in 1:46 to get things started for the Lady Hornets. Their lead would reach 11 points before Lindenwood battled back to tie the score at 29 with 1:47 left. Merissa Quick broke the tie with a jumper in the paint and Rheanna Egli hit a jumper and a 3-pointer as the Lady Hornets ended the half on a 7-2 run.
An old fashioned three-point play by Caroline Bourlioux for the Lions tied the score at 46 with 11:57 left in the game. The Lady Hornets then went on a 10-2 run to take the lead for good. A 9-0 run pushed the lead to 67-52 with 4:33 left in the game.
Patrick led all scorers with 22 points including a six of nine effort from behind the 3-point line. Kionna Kellogg had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Quick added 12 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Rheanna Egli scored 17 points with 13 coming in the first half.