Conference Opener Unkind to WomenÂs Basketball as No. 2 Davenport Cruises to Victory
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marygrove women’s basketball ran into the buzz-saw that was the NAIA’s second-ranked team, Davenport University, on Wednesday (Nov. 11) in Grand Rapids, Mich. as the host Panthers ran away with a 130-50Â victory to open Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) action for both teams. The Mustangs fell to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play after being dealt the loss by one of the nation’s top teams. For the Panthers, the win was second of the season as they pulled even at 2-2 overall after playing a difficult early slate.
Wednesday’s conference opener was originally scheduled to be played at Detroit’s Northwest Activities Center but was moved to Grand Rapids due to court issues back in the Motor City.
The Panthers opened up the game with an 18-0 run and never looked by on their way to a 31-4 lead after one quarter of play. Strong shooting from the floor (52-percent) and a 24-4 points off turnovers advantage allowed the Panthers to take a sizeable 67-11 lead at the halftime break, holding the Mustangs to a 10-percent clip shooting in the opening stanza.
Down big at the break, the Mustangs could not find a way to chip into the Panthers lead in the latter half as the home team earned a 130-50Â win to open league play.
The Mustangs were led Elisha Major (Flushing, Mich./Flushing High School) with 15 points while Breanna Thomas (San Antonio, Texas/Gillette CC) nearly recorded her fourth double-double in five tries this season with nine points and eight boards at Davenport Wednesday evening.
Shavarra Patton (Detroit, Mich./Northwestern High School) and Shyra Eddings (Detroit, Mich./Mumford High School) followed with eight and seven points, respectively, in the unlucky conference opener.
Alex Law paced the Panthers with a game-high 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field.
The Mustangs return to the hardwood on Saturday (Nov. 14) at Cincinnati Christian. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. with no in-game coverage scheduled at the time of release.
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Category: Women's Basketball