Lady Wildcats end Benedictine hex
Thursday, February 09, 2012
The Culver-Stockton women's basketball team took care of a thorn in its side with a 58-49 victory over Benedictine College at Ralph Nolan Gym Thursday night in Atchison, Kan.
With the victory, the Lady Wildcats ended a 16-game overall losing streak to the Ravens, last winning 69-61 over Benedictine on Feb. 16, 2004, at Charles Field House.
The victory was also the first over the Ravens at Nolan Gymnasium since Nov. 29, 2001, a span of 10 games. That day, the Lady Wildcats upended the hosts 52-48.
In addition, the road victory, the third in a row for C-SC, was the eighth true road win this season, which is the most accumulated by the Lady Wildcats away from Charles Field House since the 2001-02 season.
As far as the game was concerned, the two teams battled to a 29-29 tie at halftime as the Lady Wildcats shot 50 percent (12-24) from the field. Aneshia Starks led the way with nine first half points.
In the second half, the Lady Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure, forcing 13 of the Ravens' 24 turnovers after the intermission leading to 19 points off miscues for the visitors.
C-SC also held Benedictine to 30.8 percent from the field on eight of 30 shooting. The Ravens were oh-for nine from the 3-point stripe after the break and six for 21 overall.
On offense, the Lady Wildcats cooled off just a bit from the field, going 10 of 25 in the second half, but were solid at the free throw line, finishing 11 of 15 for the game, including eight of 11 in the second half.
Starks finished with a game-high 14 points to go along with five steals and three assists. Jessie Logsdon added 14 points, while Rachel Larson came off the bench to net 13 markers.
Tromesa May led the Lady Wildcats on the glass with seven caroms, followed by Emily Lay and Larson with six each. C-SC was out-rebounded by the Ravens 32-29.
The Lady Wildcats, who are in seventh place in the HAAC, will host Baker University on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Charles Field House. Game time is 2 p.m. Baker is one game behind the Lady Wildcats after defeating Peru State on Thursday night.