No. 10 Lady Panthers hold off Bellarmine for 82-75 GLVC victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Bethanie Funderburk scored a season-high 23 points and No. 10 Drury held off a furious Bellarmine charge down the stretch to claim an 82-75 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory on Thursday night at Knights Hall.
Funderburk scored 17 of her 23 points in the opening half as the Lady Panthers (11-1, 3-1 in the GLVC) bolted out to a 39-24 halftime advantage, on the strength of a 14-2 run midway through the half.
But Bellarmine (5-6, 1-2) charged back, and had it cut to four (76-72) with less than 30 seconds to go.
Kylie Williamson and Shelby White hit three free throws each from there to help the Lady Panthers extend the lead and pull away for the victory.
Amber Dvorak had 16 points, seven rebounds and tied the DU single-game record for blocked shots (six) set earlier this season by teammate Sanayika Shields, all in just 18 minutes of playing time. Dvorak hit 7 of 8 shots and Funderburk made 7 of her 10 attempts to help the Lady Panthers shoot a season-high .577 from the field.
No. 5 Colorado Mesa 83, Colorado State-Pueblo 42
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Colorado Mesa limited the visiting CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves to 28 percent shooting on the night in an 83-42 win on Thursday night in Brownson Arena. The two teams came into the contest undefeated in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.
Senior Christen Lopez finished with a career-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field. She also added eight assists, grabbed six rebounds and only committed two turnovers.
Lopez and the Mavericks committed a season-low six turnovers and forced 17 ThunderWolf turnovers.
The Mavericks raced out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back leading by as many as 42 in the game. They scored 24 points off turnovers and outscored CSU-Pueblo 34-20 in the paint.
No. 8 Central Missouri 88, Pittsburg State 86
PITTSBURG, Kan. -- The sixth-ranked Jennies erased a four-point deficit with 1:25 left in overtime to shock the Pittsburg State Gorillas at the John Lance Arena on Thursday night.
Strong performances from seniors BreAnna Lewis (26 points) and Keuna Flax (25 points, 15 rebounds) helped the Jennies (12-1, 6-0 MIAA) extend their winning streak to seven games and reach the program's first 6-0 conference start since the 1990-91 season. Lewis' 26 points set a new season high, while Flax picked up her fourth double-double this season, while establishing a new career best with 15 boards.