NASHVILLE — Trevecca Nazarene (4-3, 1-0 G-MAC) used a big second half to route Salem International (1-4, 0-1 G-MAC) 109-57 Thursday night in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball game at the Trojan Fieldhouse.
It was the first G-MAC game for both teams.
Kaci Britt Bell scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead six players in double figures. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists. Kylie White added 15 points off the bench and Haley Felker added 15 of her own. Megan Kilburn contributed a season-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench while Anna Mitchell and Moore County native Sarah Raby each tallied double digits scoring 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Whitney McCargo led the Tigers with 17 points and Inkera Patterson added 11. Desiree Dwyer contributed eight points while Porcha Davis, the conference’s leading scorer (19.5), was held to seven.
Leading 13-12 in the first half, TNU would go on a 14-4 run to go up 27-16 after White hit a layup with 9:12 left.
Salem’s Tashay Smith cut the double-digit point deficit to five (36-31) with 3:19 remaining but Trevecca would close the half with an 8-3 run to go up 44-34. TNU shot 59.4 percent (19-of-32) in the opening half and held a 22-8 advantage in the paint.
Within nine minutes in the second half, TNU’s lead would balloon from a 10-point advantage to a 43-point lead. The Trojans opened the second half with a 38-5 run and took an 82-39 lead following a Megan Kilburn jumper with 11:04 remaining.
Trevecca opened the second half hitting 14-of-21 (66.6 percent) shots from the field while Salem was just 2-of-11 (18.1 percent).
The Tigers would hit just 10-of-32 (31.3 percent) in the second half while the Trojans hit 56.1 percent (23-of-41).
Trevecca held a 54-22 advantage in paint points and converted 29 SIU turnovers into 48 points. The Trojan bench outscored Salem’s 47-21 as well.
TNU will return to action Saturday, Dec. 7 as it hosts Ohio Valley University (3-6, 0-1 G-MAC) at 2 p.m.