Fifteen triples power women’s basketball to win over Indiana Wesleyan

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PT. LOOKOUT, Mo. -- Five different players finished in double figures and the John Brown University women's basketball team hit 15 triples and used a huge second quarter to register a 79-73 win over Indiana Wesleyan on Friday (Nov. 18) evening inside the Keeter Gymnasium.

Junior Luize Skrastina poured in a game-high 17 points, her second-straight double-digit output, and went a perfect 4-of-4 from three-point range, adding a pair of fourth-quarter blocks in the win. Junior Jana Schammel went 4-of-5 from behind the arc and added 15 points while junior Kimmy Deinesadded three triples and four assists to finish with 13 points, including a game-best five steals.

Sophomore Baily Cameron knocked down 5-of-6 from the floor, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-best six boards and sophomore Preslea Reece edged out 10 points and five boards.

"Tonight was a good team win against a solid team," head coach Jeff Soderquist said. "I thought everyone really helped. We did a good job rebounding too. We only two offensive rebounds in the first half and finished with seven. Proud of the girls."

After difficult first-quarter start in which the Wildcats (5-2) held a 19-14 lead, the Golden Eagles responded with a 7-0 run to start the second, capped off by a Schammel triple, to take a 21-20 lead. After a trio of ties, Skrastina hit shots in the paint in back-to-back possessions while Schammel knocked down another triple in a third-consecutive possession, opening up a five-point JBU advantage, 39-35.

John Brown pushed the lead to eight just before the buzzer as Deines hit a triple from Schammel.

The Golden Eagles suffered through three turnovers and a 5-of-12 mark from the field in the third quarter, but used the triple to never surrender the lead. IWU whittled the lead down to five, 49-44, with 2:42 left in the quarter, but a timely contribution by freshman Jordan Martin staved off the Wildcat assault.

In just a 1:41 span as the third quarter came to a close, Martin poured in a triple and a pair of buckets down low, the second of which involved extreme acrobatics, and the Golden Eagles rode a Wildcat lull to a 12-point lead, 58-46, with nine ticks left in the quarter.

John Brown (5-1) committed an unprecedented eight turnovers over the final 10 minutes, but overcame its miscues by hitting 6-of-9 from the floor, including triples from Schammel and junior Courtney Fine, and a suffocating zone defense held IWU to an 8-of-19 mark from the floor.

Wesleyan could only get as close as five, three times, but each time JBU had an answer. Fine's triple thwarted the first attempt while Cameron and Reece buckets ended IWU's attempt at a late-game rally.

JBU knocked down 6-of-8 from the line over the final 43 seconds and withstood a barrage of Wildcat desperation shots to grab its second-consecutive win.

Chelsea Winner scored 16 points while Kelsey Key added 15 and six boards for Indiana Wesleyan. Brittany Washington also tallied 13 points, but was held to 4-of-12 from the field in the loss.

The Golden Eagles return to action tomorrow (Nov. 19) in a rematch with College of the Ozarks (Mo.) at 3 p.m. The Bobcats registered a 62-60 win over John Brown on Nov. 12 in Siloam Springs.

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