With a 56-46 victory over non-conference foe Ferrum College on Saturday afternoon, Maryville College Head Coach Darrin Travillian earned his 200th career coaching victory while guiding the Scots.
The first quarter against the visiting Panthers made the fans impatient for the historic victory as Ferrum went on an early 14-0 run to begin the challenge. Maryville countered with a 7-2 run and despite hitting only 18-percent from the floor only trailed 16-7 going into the second quarter. Freshman Abbi Joseph tallied all seven points for MC in the initial period.
The Scots stepped up their defensive intensity limiting Ferrum to only a 23-percent success rate in the second quarter while watching Klaire Varney explode for nine points going 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. MC finished the stanza hitting 5-of-13 shots going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
At the halftime break, Maryville took a 28-24 lead into the intermission.
Both teams could not find their shooting touch in the third quarter. Elsa Eckenrod and Kelley Wandell kept the Scots in the game with a collective nine rebounds allowing MC to take advantage of five second-chance baskets.
Wandell and Shelby Hix combined for 10 of Maryville's 15 fourth quarter points to allow the Scots to earn their seventh win of the season.
Ferrum College (0-8) was paced by Kayla Cabiness' 14 points while Cameron Hawkins deposited 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Jacy Marvin added 11 points for the Panthers.
Maryville (7-2) used a strong double-double performance by Kelley Wandell to preserve the win. Wandell finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Elsa Eckenrod paced MC on the boards with 11 rebounds. Libby Gardner and Klaire Varney each deposited 10 points while Abbi Joseph and Shelby Hix each added nine points. Varney tossed in seven steals on defense.
Coach Travillian advances to 200-63 overall in his career sporting a .760 overall winning percentage. Within the USA South, the two-time league coach of the year and five-time league regular season divisional champion, has tallied a 93-16 overall conference record claiming an amazing .853 winning percentage. "Coach T" have taken five Maryville squads to the NCAA post-season tournament. Darrin is the winningest women's basketball coach in Maryville's storied history. Wes Moore, who led the Scots for six seasons, left MC with a 129-35 overall record while Dee Bell was 107-37 in five seasons with Maryville.
The Scots will now prepare for final exams before a trio of USA South road challenges to close out December action. MC will travel to LaGrange and Huntingdon next Saturday and Sunday before going to Berea on December 18. They will return to the Cooper Athletic Center on January 1st when they host the University of the South at 2:00 p.m. on Randy Lambert Court.