Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:24 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2013 10:41 PM
FAYETTE, MO - Central Methodist ended a two-game losing streak in dominant fashion Thursday with a 107-48 thrashing of Graceland (Iowa) in Heart of America Athletic Conference women's basketball action inside Puckett Fieldhouse.
The 107 points is the highest for the program since tallying a school-record 121 against Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) in 2002.
After losing to No. 10 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) on a last-second shot just five days ago, the Eagles (19-5, 8-5 HAAC) put Thursday night's game against the Yellowjackets (2-20, 0-14 HAAC) away in the early going. A Kyra Williams jumper in transition five minutes in gave the Eagles a 16-8 edge. The Eagles, who have won four straight regular-season matchups against Graceland, dominated the boards early, outrebounding the Yellowjackets 10-1 on the offensive glass in the first nine minutes in building a 22-9 advantage midway through the half. The Green and Black also tallied seven steals in the first 10 minutes compared to none by Graceland.
Central Methodist outscored the Yellowjackets 30-6 in the final eight minutes, leading to a 52-15 score at the break. The Eagles had more points in the paint (26) and bench points (21) than Graceland had total points in the first 20 minutes. In the first half, the Green and Black outscored the visitors 12-0 in fastbreak points, 13-0 off turnovers, 26-2 in the paint and 11-2 in second chance opportunities. The Eagles' bench, led by Sammie Gathercole's 11 points, outscored Graceland's 21-0 in the first period.
The second half was much the same with Central Methodist controlling all facets of the game. The Eagles' advantage swelled to as many as 64 points, 102-38, following a Raylyn Nuss trey with five minutes to go.
Gathercole finished with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-8 from behind the arc. Gathercole's six threes are the second most in a game in school history behind Terri Marshall's seven against Missouri Baptist in 1989.
The Eagles' Jasmine Poteete and Britney Joseph posted double-doubles. Poteete came up with 12 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and a career-high six steals. The six steals are the most for a Green and Black player since Andi Mooneyham's school-record nine versus Baker (Kan.) in 2006. Joseph had 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Nuss poured in 17 points for the Eagles, who shot 50 percent (43-of-86) from the field and 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from distance. Towanda Sutton chipped in 12 to round out all Eagle double-figure scorers.
Nakia Robinson and Taylor Cornelison had nine and eight points, respectively, for Central Methodist.
Anna Belousova and Jessica Robertson each had 10 points for Graceland.
The Eagles dominated every statistic, outrebounding the Yellowjackets 60-31 and 22-9 on the offensive glass. The Green and Black had 31 assists compared to only 11 by Graceland. Central Methodist turned 21 Yellowjacket turnovers into 27 points. The Eagles outscored Graceland on the fastbreak 28-5, in the paint 42-16 and in second chance points 18-6. Nine Central Methodist bench players totaled 51 points compared to only 12 by Graceland's reserves.
Central Methodist travels to Avila (Mo.) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. CT.