OWENSBORO, Ky. — The McKendree University women's baskeball team scored more than 100 points for the first time since 2008 on Saturday night in a 104-95 victory over Davis & Elkins College at the Fairfield Inn Holiday Classic hosted by Kentucky Wesleyan College.
The Bearcats improved to 6-2 overall.
McKendree had six players score in double-figures and were led by senior guard Brittany Willis' 26 points. Junior guard Caty Ponce (Edwardsville) scored 21 points while sophomore Liz Gilman had 17 points. Junior forward Haeley Kreisel had 11 points, while sophomore guard Ashley Klass and freshman guard Shannon McGinnis each had 10 points, with McGinnis recording a career-high. Sophomore forward Kara Johnson also led all players with a career-high 10 rebounds.
The Bearcats only trailed in the fast-paced game for the opening 2:27 of the game. The Senators scored the first bucket of the game, but McKendree answered with the next seven points to take a 7-2 lead at the 16:48 mark of the first half.
A layup by McGinnis at the 12:25 mark gave McKendree its first double-digit lead, 20-9, and extended its lead to 40-20 with 6:36 left in the first half. Two free throws by Klass gave the Bearcats its largest lead, 57-30, with just over two minutes to play but Davis & Elkins cut its deficit to 57-41 at the half.
McKendree led by 20 or more points until the Senators scored on a layup at the 13:45 mark to cut their deficit to 72-54. The Bearcats held on to their double-digit lead until a layup and free throw by Davis & Elkins cut the lead to 90-81 with just over six minutes to play.
The Senators came as close as 96-91 with a minute to play, but McKendree went 8-for-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Jorden Lykes led the Senators with 15 points in the loss.