CMU Women Fall at Benedictine
ATCHISON, KS -- Benedictine used a season-high 11 three-pointers to defeat Central Methodist, 73-55, on Saturday inside Ralph Nolan Gymnasium in Heart of America Athletic Conference women's basketball action.
In the first half, the Ravens (14-12, 9-5 HAAC) hit 14 of their first 24 shots, including 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. Benedictine held a double-digit advantage for much of the first 20 minutes and led at halftime.
The Eagles' (14-12, 11-5 HAAC) Brittney Lloyd opened the second half with a fade away bucket in the lane to cut the deficit to 41-22. A Sammie Gathercole layup in transition and Kristin Willer bucket made the score 47-29 in favor of the home team.
Trailing 52-31, a 9-0 spurt by the Eagles got the visitors within striking distance. Sarah Foster hit back-to-back buckets during the run. Kyra Williams made two free throws with 10:26 left in the game to cut the deficit to 11 points, 52-41, but Central Methodist would get no closer.
Kelsey Wolfe, Rosie Youngstrom and Kristin Thorne scored 12 points apiece to spark Benedictine offensively.
Raylyn Nuss tallied a team-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting to lead the Eagles. Williams followed up with eight points and six rebounds. Gathercole, Foster and Karli Abbey each had six points. Abbey also had seven rebounds with four coming on the offensive glass.
The Eagles won the battle of the boards, 32-27, and held an edge on offensive rebounds, 14-4.
The Ravens shot 54 percent (27-of-50) from the field in the game and 50 percent (11-of-22) from distance. The Eagles hit 34.5 percent (20-of-58) of their shots over the course of 40 minutes and converted 66.7 percent (12-of-18) of their free throw attempts.
Central Methodist travels to Stephens College on Monday, February 20. TIpoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.