SHAWNEE – A big third quarter propelled Evangel (Mo.) past St. Gregory's Monday night at Sumner Field House. The Crusaders posted a 74-45 win over the Cavaliers, who lost at home for the first time this season.
After a tightly contested first half that featured six lead changes, the visitors began to pull away just before intermission. Tied at 23 after a Danielle Butler trey, Evangel closed the half on a 5-0 run to make it 28-23 at the break.
The Crusaders (1-2) busted it open in the third, holding the Cavaliers to only two field goals in outscoring the home team 23-8 in the period. Reggine Brown's shot just before the buzzer made it 51-31 heading to the fourth.
The lead grew to as many as 30 with time winding down. SGU got no closer than 19 in the final period.
Despite the loss, the Cavs got a 17-point outing from senior Kylee Tatum. The reigning Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Week finished 3 of 6 from three-point range and was 4 of 5 from the charity stripe. Joette Fernander posted a career-best eight rebounds for SGU.
The Cavs shot only 25 percent for the game compared to 42 percent for Evangel. The Crusaders had a 48-31 edge on the boards and assisted on 18 of their 25 field goals.
SGU (1-2) returns to action Wednesday night at home against Paul Quinn (Texas). Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Sumner Field House.