Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 3, 2005) - Two nights ago, the John Brown Golden Eagles produced what was then their best offensive performance of the season. Saturday, they topped it by a wide margin in an 87-60 victory over William Jewell (Mo.). The Golden Eagles shot a blistering 56% from the field, 46% from behind the 3-point arc, and 92% from the free-throw line in their dismantling of the Lady Cardinals. Five John Brown players scored in double figures.
William Jewell opened the game in a full-court press defense, which at first appeared to stymie John Brown. The press was effective in producing 21 turnovers, but it could not prevent the Golden Eagles from putting points on the board. Lesli Fanning and Kendra McCormick each scored 16 points for John Brown, and Fanning was 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Nancy Pierre scored 14, and Ashley Wettengel and Jordan Gipson added 13 and 12, respectively. William Jewell was led by Chelsea Holmes’s 11 points and Nicole Revenaugh’s 10.
Tough defense was a key to victory for John Brown (6-3). The Golden Eagles turned a five-point lead into a 25-point one during a 22-2 run in the last 8:21 of the first half. Thirteen of those points came from Golden Eagle free throws as the Lady Cardinals committed 13 first-half fouls. John Brown led 47-22 at halftime.
John Brown hosts Arkansas Baptist College at 7:30 on Thursday.