Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 28, 2006) - The John Brown Golden Eagles turned in their best offensive performance of the season while posting a 77-63 victory over NCAA Division III Hendrix (Ark.) Tuesday night in Siloam Springs. Seniors Ashley Wettengel and Nancy Pierre dominated for the Golden Eagles. Wettengel scored 23 points, contributed 9 assists, and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Pierre scored 19 points. Not to be overlooked, however, was Hendrix guard Tori Huggins, who led all scorers with 34 points in the losing effort.
John Brown (3-6) trailed 10-5 almost nine minutes into the first half before Wettengel launched a 12-0 run with five-straight points and two assists, one to Pierre and the other to freshman guard Paige Blackburn for a 3-pointer. Wettengel hit a 3-pointer herself with 2:37 left in the half to give the Golden Eagles their largest lead thus far, 34-23, before Huggins trimmed it back with a trey of her own at 2:25. The Golden Eagles went into halftime with a 30-21 lead.
John Brown carried its momentum into the second half. Wettengel pushed the lead to thirteen 39-26 with a basket at the 17:23 mark, and then Pierre extended it to 69-51 with a Wettengel-assisted trey at 4:30. Pierre again put the Golden Eagles up by eighteen 71-53 when Wettengel found her for a bucket with 3:18 remaining. Pierre scored six times off Wettengel assists, and the two senior forwards showed chemistry that head coach Jeff Soderquist said was a testament to their four years as teammates. Meanwhile, Blackburn, who ran the point for John Brown most of the evening, led all rebounders with eight boards.
John Brown shot 43.1% from the field for the game and 50% in the second half. Hendrix (3-1) shot just 37.7%, but Huggins accounted for 20 of her team’s 53 attempts and converted 11 of 13 free-throws. She also led the Warriors in rebounding with 7 boards.
The seventy-seven points were the most the Golden Eagles have scored this season. Soderquist was pleased with the offensive output. “We got good shots, we just missed some of our three’s, especially in the first half” when the Golden Eagles made just 3 of 11 before finishing 7-for-21.
The Golden Eagles will get an early taste of Sooner Athletic Conference action Saturday when they visit Oklahoma Baptist at 1:00. Soderquist said it will be the first time his team has begun conference play prior to Christmas.