BETHANY- Southwestern Christian University (9-7, 1-5 SAC) started Monday's game red hot, jumping out to an early 15-7 lead. The Eagles extended that lead to 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, but then the Cavaliers bounced back and went on an 11-0 run in the first few minutes of the second quarter. With Saint Gregory's (2-11, 0-6 SAC) leading 24-23, the Eagles got hot again to go back up by 9. SGU would go on a quick run at the end of the half to only trail 35-30 going into the third quarter. The Lady Eagles shot 55.56 percent in the first half, and they outscored the Cavaliers in the paint, 20-10. Although SGU trailed at the half, the bench helped limit the damage by scoring 18 points. Maranda Janz scored 10 first half points for SCU, and Kylee Tatum (SR/Bethel, Okla.) scored 9 in the first half for SGU, to lead the team.
The second half started with several quick baskets by both teams, and the teams would repeatedly exchange points back and forth throughout the quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Lady Eagles led the Cavaliers, 51-45. The Cavs kept it close for the first half of the fourth quarter, but then Southwestern Christian heated up again, on offense and played lock down defense, to win the game, 70-55.
Southwestern Christian has one of the best defenses in the nation, and has held opponents to only 57 points per game so far season. The Cavaliers actaually shot a higher percentage from the field (40.8%) than what the Eagles are used to allowing (34.4%). SGU also had a good performance from their bench, which scored 30 points on the night. The biggest difference in the game was simply SCU's ability to knock down shots. They shot an impressive 55 percent (27-49) from the field and 45 percent (5-11) from three point range.
Maranda Janz finished the game with 20 points for SCU, and three other Lady Eagles scored in double figures. Eliora Johnson and Andi McGill scored 15 points a piece, and Kylee Severin added 13 points.
Kylee Tatum led the Cavaliers in scoring with 16 points. Shanques Garrett (SR/Tulsa, Okla.) had a strong performance by scoring 13 points and collecting 8 rebounds. CheBria Porter (FR/Houston, Texas) went 5 for 7 from the field, to end up with 12 points on the night.
The Cavs will head to Oklahoma City University on Thursday, Jan. 19, to take on the No. 8 ranked Stars.