College Sports

Lady Lynx make Pirates walk the plank

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Lady Lynx used a strong second half to score a 70-59 over the Park University Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

Down eight with 2:09 left in the second quarter, the Lady Lynx (5-11, 5-5 AMC) used an 8-0 run to finish the half and erased the Pirates’ (6-7, 6-5 AMC) lead. The teams were tied at 32.

The Lady Lynx carried their momentum into the third quarter, limiting the Pirates to just eight points and one field goal. In the fourth quarter. LU-Belleville quickly extended the lead to double digits and led by as many as 21.

It was the second straight American Midwest Conference victory for LU-Belleville.

Many members of the Lady Lynx contributed. Torre Kohrmann collected a game-high 21 points, to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. Rilea Huff chipped in 17 points, including five three pointers. Tiara Bramlett grabbed her second double–double of the season after finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Candace Niemerg also finished with a double–double, 11 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with four blocks. Niemerg’s four blocks gives her the most blocks in LU–Belleville history, breaking the old record of 38 for a career.

The Lady Lynx finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from the three point line.

Latice Butler led the Pirates with 12 points and 17 rebounds. Sydney Heard chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Next up the Lady Lynx will look to pick up their third straight AMC victory on Thursday night when they travel to No. 11-ranked Lyon College. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.

Tennessee State 73, SIUE 61

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women’s basketball Cougars took their first Ohio Valley Conference loss Saturday, falling at Tennessee State at Nashville, Tenn.

The Tigers, 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the OVC, opened the game with a pair of three-pointers and a 10-1 run overall. By the end of the first period, TSU led 21-8 and did not allow the Cougars any closer than seven points the rest of the game.

Four players scored in double figures for the Cougars led by 18 points from Shronda Butts. Gwen Adams scored 14 points off the bench. Sidney Smith connected on four three-pointers for 12 points. Donshel Beck added 10 points.

SIUE is now 8-9 overall and 3-1 in OVC play. The Cougars next begin a three-game homestand Thursday when Morehead State visits the Vadalabene Center for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

On Saturday, Michelle Cox connected on a three-pointer on the opening possession of the game at the Gentry Center. I'mani Davis made it 6-0 nearly 90 seconds later with the first of her four three-pointers. Davis would lead all scorers with 20 points,

Jayda Johnson and Jordan Brightwell joined Davis in double figures with 19 and 13 points, respectively.

The Cougars struggled to 20 percent (5-25) shooting in the first period. SIUE turned its offense around by the end of the game, hitting 9 of 17 shots (52.9 percent) in the fourth period.

Tennessee State matched the Cougars step for step, connecting on 8 of 12 shots from the field (66.7 percent) over the final 10 minutes of play.

The Tigers shot 26 of 54 from the field (48.1 percent) and outrebounded the Cougars 39-34. SIUE shot 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the field.

Quincy 70, McKendree 54

Senior guard Kacey Johnson matched her career-high and led all players with 18 points on Saturday in a 70-54 road loss at No. 19 Quincy University.

The Bearcats fell to 6-9 overall and 1-4 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and will host William Jewell College at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson’s 18 points matched her career-high set Dec. 12 in a 77-62 win at University of Illinois Springfield.

McKendree used an early 8-0 run to take a 12-8 lead with 4:44 left in the first quarter. The Lady Hawks bounced back and held a 19-14 lead at the end of the period. A layup by sophomore Shauniera Wilson cut the deficit to 26-20 with 5:23 left before the half, and McKendree went into the break trailing 37-29.

A jumper by Johnson brought the Bearcats to within 10, 47-37, with 3:29 left in the third quarter, but McKendree was unable to cut the game to single-digits in the final quarter to fall 70-54.

Anika Webster led Quincy with 15 points.