By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
MOBERLY, Mo. – After starting the year 0-2, the Stephens College basketball team has worked its way back to .500 with consecutive wins on the road. On Tuesday evening, the Stars had three players in double figures and coasted to an 86-49 victory over Central Christian College of the Bible.
The 86 points marked the highest total by an SC squad since the Stars scored 95 versus Central Bible College [Springfield, Mo.] in 2008.
CCCB kept Stephens in check for much of the opening quarter, but the Stars registered eight of the last 10 points to go up by a score of 18-12.
In the second, Stephens tapped into its deep roster and began to pull away from the Saints. In addition to eight different players scoring in the second quarter, the Stars scored in an assortment of ways: second-chance points, points off turnovers, points at the free-throw line and several points in the paint.
Heading into the break, Stephens had upped its lead to 18. The Stars’ top scorer in the 41-23 half was Katie Heaton, who scored eight points on a pair of threes and a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line.
Another strong quarter offensively propelled the Stars to a 61-35 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Freshman Briana Clark had a productive quarter down low with six points in the paint. The Stars once again spread the scoring across the roster with six different players recording a bucket.
Stephens continued to disrupt CCCB on offense and scored six of its first eight points of the first quarter on fast-break opportunities. By the end of the contest, the Stars had forced 34 Saint turnovers, which helped push the margin of victory to 37.
Playing a relatively clean game, the Stars had a season-low 10 turnovers, while registering 22 steals. Dana Heggemann, Angelica Medrano and Sadie Dugger led the way with three steals apiece. The only area where the Saints out-played the Stars was on the board. CCCB led the rebound battle, 48-40.
Heggemann, who was 4-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, tied for the team-high in points (14) and added five rebounds to the mix. Off the bench, Briana Clark also contributed 14 points (6-of-9) and three rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Sadie Dugger joined Heggemann and Clark in double digits with 11 points and six rebounds from the guard position. Others with 5+ points included Mariah Brisco (9), Katie Heaton (8), Bailey Taylor (7), Sierra Pryor (6) and Katie Lamkie (5). Lamkie led the Stars in rebounding with a team-high seven caroms.
Stephens remains on the road for its next matchup when it travels to Fayette, Mo., to play Central Methodist. The Eagles opened their 2015-16 slate this evening with a 76-48 win over American Midwest Conference (AMC)’s Hannibal-LaGrange.
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