The Lady Bruins won their third straight game Friday night with a 69-52 victory over the visiting Warren Wilson College Owls. The win was the Bruins’ eighth victory in the last 10 games.
The game started slowly, but the Bruins began to pull away halfway into the first half by the strength of three Maggi Ford 3-pointers.
Head Coach Mike LeViere alternated a 2-3 zone defense and a man-to-man defense to hinder Warren Wilson’s half-court offense throughout the first half.
Excellent ball movement around the perimeter led to quality scoring opportunities for the Bruins as they took a 16-point lead into the locker room at halftime.
“[Our defense] was definitely improved,” LeViere said. “First half, we played really well.”
The second half provided more excitement from both teams, as the Owls were able to narrow the Bruins’ lead to eight. Junior guard Abby Conover hit a key 3-pointer that stopped the Owls’ attempt to get back into the game. The Bruins were able to pull away from the Owls with a final score of 69-52.
“I think we have improved over the season,” LeViere said after the game. “The players have gelled more. Thankfully we have been pretty much injury-free.”
The players’ chemistry is key for the Bruins during the home stretch of the regular season, heading toward a potential postseason run.
Kendra Jeffcott, a junior guard, tallied 15 points and grabbed eight strong rebounds. Junior guard Maggi Ford finished with 15 points and two assists. BJU, as a whole, shot 42.6 percent from the field, including 8-23 from behind the arc. The Bruins also shot 65 percent from the foul line.
Freshman guard Keila McCurry ran the show for Warren Wilson, recording 17 points. Junior center Lilvia Bradbury and freshman forward Lindsay Bodnar put up 12 points each for the Owls.
The Lady Bruins improved their record to 12-11 overall, including 5-4 at the Davis Field House. The Owls fell to 11-11 after the loss.