Missouri Western held off the Quincy University Hawks on Nov. 27 with six players scoring in double digits to seal the victory, 81-67.
The first half belonged to the Griffons as they claimed a lead early on. Junior forward Sharniece Lewis lead the team, landing four 3-pointers. Senior forward Brittany Griswold pitched in with 11 points of her own.
Western capped off the first half with a 20-10 run, breaking their seven-point lead out to a 44-27 game at the half. Overall, they shot 51.9 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from beyond the arc.
“Our defense started out right,” senior guard Alicia Bell said. “I think that when our defense plays well, it really helps give our offense a lot of momentum.”
The Hawks came back in the second half ready to fight. They cut the Griffons 17-point lead to eight with just under 10 minutes to play. Senior guard Kallie Schoonover helped make it double digits again with two free throws, but Quincy responded with a 4-0 run making it a six-point game with 5:55 left to play. Western refused to give up, outscoring the Hawks 16-8 in the remaining minutes.
With a final score of 81-67, the Griffons claimed the victory and improved to 6-1 on the season.
“In the second half,” said Lewis. “We weren’t playing our game. We weren’t doing everything we normally would do. It was just not being in the right places and our communication.”
Western improved on their amount of turnovers, only committing 12 on the night. But they struggled from the line, only hitting 57.1 percent (20-35). However, they out-rebounded Quincy 37-35 and had 12 more steals in the game.
“We’re still struggling on our free throws and overall execution,” coach Rob Edmisson said, “but we really improved on our turnovers.”