OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Trevecca women’s basketball team (9-7, 6-1 G-MAC) defeated previously undefeated, in conference play, Kentucky Wesleyan College (11-5, 6-1 G-MAC) 61-60 at the Owensboro SportsCenter on Saturday.
The two teams are now knotted in a first place tie atop the G-MAC standings. Trevecca owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. The gives TNU its first three-game win streak of the season.
The conference leading Panthers opened with the first basket of the game and then lead 4-2 when the second place Trojans ignited.
Trevecca scored 13 unanswered on the way to a 15-4 lead nearly to the midway point of the half.
The 13-0 run was capped by a Paige Baugher free throw at 10:53 of the half.
The opening 15 points were spread through four different Trojans: Kaci Britt Bell (4),Anna Mitchell (6), Helen Mitchner (2), and Baugher (3).
An Asia Coates three-pointer officially ended the Trojan run and the Panther drought with 9:51 remaining in the half. KWC’s last previous basket was a Jordanne Gambill basket at the 17:05 mark, making the famine more than seven minutes long.
The Panthers cut the Trojan lead to just five (15-10), but Trevecca extended the lead to double figures (23-12) again when Christina Curtner buried a three-pointer with 6:40 on the clock.
Bell connected on a three-pointer with four minutes to go in the half. The basket gave TNU a 11-point (28-27) lead and the junior 12 points in the first 16 minutes.
Trevecca held a four-point (28-24) lead at the break. Aside from Bell’s 12 points, the highlights included Curtner (6), Mitchell (4), and Felker (4) all grabbing rebounds in the half.
Sarah Raby opened the second half scoring with a three-pointer, putting the Trojans up 31-24.
Later, with 16:37 remaining, Raby put the Trojans up 40-30 on another made basket. The Trojans suffered their first serious drought of the game. They wouldn’t score again until Marissa Jennings sank a pair of big free throws with 13:46 to go. The freebies snuffed out a 9-0 Panther run and gave TNU some much needed breathing room, 42-39.
TNU extended its lead to five (44-39, 13:07), but another scoring drought was on the horizon.
KWC took advantage of the second dry spell and gained the lead 46-55 on a Karly Rhoads three-pointer with nine minutes remaining. It was their first lead since early in the game.
When Trevecca found the inside of the rim again, with 7:48 to go, it was on Baugher’s second three-pointer. Thought the Trojans regained the lead, 47-46, KWC scored seconds later to take a 48-47 lead with 7:27 to go.
Neither team scored again until Bell sank a jumper to put TNU up 49-48 with 5:53 to go.
With four minutes to play Trevecca’s lead was just one point (52-51), but the visitors scored six straight points for a 57-51 lead with 3:13 remaining.
KWC continued to work at cutting into the Trojan lead, but Raby gave Trevecca the margin (61-57) it needed on a layup basket with :25 remaining.
TNU’s work wasn’t finished just yet as Kortney Rhoads hit a three-pointer, her only points of the game, with :07 remaining to cut the Trojan lead to just one.
A missed Raby free throw gave the Panthers another shot, but their game winning shot fell away and the Trojans won 61-60.
Kaci Britt Bell led the Trojans with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Bell was 7-for-11 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range.
Anna Mitchell added 12 points while Sarah Raby scored 11. Christina Curtner led the team with eight rebounds while Haley Felker dished out a team-high six assists.
As a team Trevecca shot 44% (24-54) from the field, 35% (8-23) from three-point range, and were 5-of-9 from the foul line.
The rebounding edge went to Trevecca 37-30. After leading 28-24 at the half, the Trojans were outscored 36-33 in the second half.
The Trojans earn a week off before heading to third-place Ursuline College (8-7, 4-2 G-MAC) to take on the Arrows on Saturday, January 25 at 5 p.m. The game will be played at John Carroll University and Trevecca will be broadcasting Live Video and Audio.