The Maryville College women's basketball team used a 16-point effort by Kelley Wandell off the bench and a 20-point perimeter attack by Madison Maples to defeat USA South rival LaGrange College 75-61 in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
Maryville's stingy defense held the Panthers' to only 10 points in the first quarter on 30% shooting. MC's Madison Maples deposited eight points including a pair of treys while the Scots dropped 8-of-15 shots to lead LaGrange 19-10 after the first stanza.
The Scots increased their lead to 17 points before the intermission by the score of 38-21. The Panthers were limited to a 5-for-15 effort from the field while being outrebounded 11-5. Rachel Hawn tossed in five points while bringing down five boards. Maples added five points on 2-of-4 shooting while Kelley Wandell dropped four points.
LaGrange rallied in the third quarter with Riley Chlupacek and Lauren Johnson combining for 11 points. MC relied on a collective 10 points off the bench from Amber Hudgens, Elsa Eckenrod, and Wandell while hitting only 36% from the floor including a 1-for-6 effort from beyond the arc. The Scots maintained the lead by going a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe. After three periods, Maryville led 57-44.
The Scots closed the game strong with a 43% effort from the floor including 2-for-3 from long distance. Maples added five points and Wandell and Hawn were strong in the paint with a combined nine points.
LaGrange (8-11, 2-7 USA South) was paced by Riley Chlupacek and Marilauren Farr. Each deposited a team-high 16 points. Lauren Johnson added 11 points as the Panthers finished 21-for-55 (38%) from the field.
Maryville (13-8, 9-2 USA South) was led by Madison Maples' 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting including 4-of-10 from beyond the arc. Haley Talbott tossed in 11 points after hitting a trio of treys. Kelley Wandell finished 5-of-11 in the paint and 6-for-6 from the free throw line for 16 points while adding six boards. Rachel Hawn paced Mc in rebounding with nine while Lauren Biliter added nine points and five rebounds. The Scots finished hitting 26-of-57 shots (45%) while also going a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe.
"It was a good effort today after playing a double-overtime league game just yesterday," stated MC Head Coach Darrin Travillian. "Madison has been consistent throughout the season knocking down shots but it was great seeing Kelley (Wandell) step up in the post today. I was really pleased with their efforts. We had balanced scoring across the board. It was a good team win today."
The Scots will return to action on Tuesday, January 30th. MC will host Brevard College at 7:00 p.m. Head Coach Darrin Travillian and his staff will honor their six seniors prior to the USA South tip-off.