Menard's 20 point effort leads Scots past Birmingham Southern 72-43

Menard's 20 point effort leads Scots past Birmingham Southern 72-43

The Maryville College women's basketball team displayed their talents for the first time this season in front of their hometown crowd and used a solid defensive effort to defeat Birmingham Southern 72-43 on Monday evening.

MC's Janell Menard was extremely efficient with her offensive attack going 7-for-11 from the field for a game-high 20 points. She was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc leading a Scots' squad that sank 50% of their shots from the deep perimeter.

The Scots forced 27 Panther turnovers throughout the challenge and took a 28-19 lead into the half. MC held 'Southern to 26% shooting before the intermission.

Maryville outscored BSC 44-24 in the second half. Each team shot the ball well with the visitor hitting 44% of their shots and MC throwing down 47% including a 4-for-8 effort from three-point range.

Birmingham Southern (1-3) was led by Alex Adams' 17 point effort. She was 6-for-13 from the floor while Caroline King added five points and a team-high five rebounds.

The Scots (2-1) had two additional players throw down double digits in scoring. Tayler Smith was strong in the post with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Kiera Payne had a complete effort tossing in 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and eight steals to lead MC's offensive and defensive attack. Alex Bond and Mackenzie Puckett each added seven points.

Maryville will return to the court on Saturday when they open USA South action hosting William Peace University. Tip-off is slated for noon on MC's Randy Lambert Court.