JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The McKendree University women's basketball team jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead and earned a 54-41 season opening win at Lincoln University.
The Bearcats improved to 1-0 overall and will travel to St. Charles, Mo., on Tuesday to face Lindenwood University at 5 p.m.
Junior guard Caty Ponce (Edwardsville) led all players with 19 points, while senior guard Brittany Willis scored 16 points. Junior guard Haeley Kreisel also scored in double digits with 10 points. Sophomore forward Kara Johnson also pulled down a career-high eight rebounds.
McKendree scored the first 12 points of the game and held on to its double-digit lead for the majority of the first half. The Bearcats went into the half in the lead 24-15.
The Blue Tigers outscored McKendree 13-4 coming out of the break to take a 28-26 lead, their first of the game, at the 14:35 mark.
The Bearcats kept the game close and regained the lead, 37-30, with 10:04 left in the game. McKendree extended its lead back to double digits and earned the 54-41 win.
Lizzie Nessling led Lincoln with 10 points, while Angela Randall had 10 rebounds.