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LANSING, Mich. — Third-year head coach Craig Covington and the Marygrove women’s basketball team improved to 3-0 on the young season with a 109-21 record-breaking victory over Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich. on Wednesday (Nov. 4). The 88-point win now stands as the largest margin of victory in program history as the Mustangs cruised in the non-conference contest.Â
Elisha Major (Flushing, Mich./Flushing High School) was a major reason why the Mustangs breezed through Great Lakes Christian in Lansing, pouring in a career-high 39 points on 16-of-26 shooting to pace a red-hot Mustangs offense in the early stages of the 2015-16 campaign. The 39-point effort was one shy of the Mustangs’ program-record of 40 tallied by Shanaye Davis during the 2005-06 season.
Major and the Mustangs were too much for Great Lakes Christian from the start, taking a 30-4 lead after the first quarter of play. Great Lakes Christian tied the game, 2-2, a minute into the contest before the Mustangs went on a 28-2 tear to end the opening stanza with a 26-point lead.
The Mustangs nearly put up an identical effort in the second quarter by outscoring the hosts, 28-4, to take a commanding 58-4 halftime lead. The halftime lead was made possible by the defense as the Mustangs held Great Lakes Christian to a 4-of-20 shooting effort from the floor.
The Mustangs countered with a 25-for-43 effort, shooting 58-percent from the field over the game’s opening 20 minutes.
Second half action would result in much of the same as the Mustangs ran away behind stellar all-around play. Great Lakes Christian would commit 38 turnovers in the game, allowing the Mustangs to pull away with a 59-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
The turnovers led to easy baskets as the Mustangs took home an 80-8 lopsided lead in the points in the paint department.
Major led the Mustangs with 39 and was followed by fellow guard Shavarra Patton (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern High School) who chimed in with a well-rounded effort of 23 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and seven steals. Patton was close to making it back-to-back triple-doubles for the Mustangs after junior forward Breanna Thomas recorded the rare feat last week in New York.
Thomas (San Antonio, Texas/Gillette CC) earned WHAC Player of the Week honors for her triple-double. The weekly conference honor was the first for any women’s basketball player since the Mustangs joined the league in 2012. On Wednesday, Thomas was balanced once again on her way to 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals. Thomas has recorded a double-double in all three games this season.
Junior center Theresa Dray (Davison, Mich./Davison High School) mirrored Thomas in points and boards with 10 and 12, respectively, while Taylor Kelley (Farmington Hills, Mich./Adrian College) played well in all phases with 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Diamond Jones (Detroit, Mich./Allen Academy) checked in with eight points and was followed by Shyra Eddings (Detroit, Mich./Mumford High School) and Taylor Moore (Madison Heights, Mich./Madison High School) with five and four points, respectively, in the win.
The Mustangs travel to Spring Arbor on Monday (Nov. 9) for their final non-conference contest before WHAC play begins. Tip-off in Spring Arbor is slated for 5:30 p.m.Â
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Category: Women's Basketball