SCU Women Split Weekend Contests

By Tyler Moss

Southwestern Christian University’s Women’s basketball team bounced back from recent back-to-back losses to split a twin bill in Pickens-Springer Gymnasium on the campus of SCU this past weekend.

In Friday night’s contest, the Lady Eagles were led by Vanessa Bledsoe and LaPorchea Sanders as they forced 20 turnovers en route to a 30-point win over York College (Neb.).

SCU withstood a strong effort from the Lady Panthers in the first half before eventually extending their lead to 13 points heading into the break. In the second half, SCU wasted no time putting away the Lady Panthers as a torrid shooting stretch helped them go on a 12-3 run to get things going.

Bledsoe, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., led the team in scoring with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including a 3-of-3 effort from beyond the arc. Sanders, a senior guard from Oklahoma City, filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

York struggled from the floor all night and saw no player score in double figures. Alyssa Becker scored nine points for the Lady Panthers, while Marissa Maher scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds in the losing effort.

In Saturday’s game against College of St. Mary’s, SCU was able to jump out to a five-point halftime lead behind a strong effort (14-of-33) from the field. However, in the second half, the offense sputtered, and with 13 minutes remaining, the CSM took a lead on a three-pointer by Amanda Woodring.

SCU bounced back as Kim Hayes put the Lady Eagles back in the lead with a big three-pointer with 3:37 remaining, but CSM senior Jessica Zaruba answered with a three-pointer of her own and the Flames never relinquished the advantage.

Bledsoe once again led SCU in scoring with 14 points, and Hayes pitched in with 13. SCU is now 10-15 overall and 4-7 in conference play.

The Lady Eagles will now get back to work as they prepare to host Oklahoma Wesleyan Thursday night in Springer-Pickens Gymnasium. It will be the third and final game of this home stand before hitting the road for two weekend contests against Central Baptist College and Central Christian College.