Golden Eagles trample St. Greg’s, earn season sweep

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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. -- It was a kind reception for the No. 23 John Brown University women's basketball team as the Golden Eagles returned home for the first time in 16 days and nearly hit the century mark in a 98-43 win over St. Gregory's (Okla.) on Saturday (Jan. 21) afternoon.

Junior Luize Skrastina scored a career-high 16 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting effort from the floor and dropped a perfect 4-of-4 day from behind the arc, leading five Golden Eagles in double-figure scoring. Junior Kimmy Deines and sophomore Baily Cameron each added 13 apiece, with Cameron pulling down six boards and five assists while sophomore Preslea Reece added 11 points, seven boards and a pair of rejections. Junior Jana Schammel added 10 points, her third-straight game in double figures.

Midway through the second quarter, already up 30, 41-11, John Brown (13-6, 5-3 Sooner Athletic) eclipsed the 70 percent efficiency mark from the floor and continued to roll.

A barrage of triples from Skrastina to start the game handed the hosts a quick 16-0 lead before the Cavaliers (2-13, 0-8) even found the scoreboard.

JBU entered the contest leading the nation in triples (193), three-pointers per game (10.7) and long-range shooting (40.8 percent) and lived up to its billing, dropping 13 triples on 24 attempts (50 percent), including eight different players with at least one trey.

The visitors couldn't keep up with Reece and Cameron inside as the Golden Eagles owned the paint to the tune of 57-26. Overall, John Brown shot 57.4 percent from the floor and committed just 10 turnovers while posting a 43-28 rebounding advantage. JBU turned 12 offensive boards into 18 second-chance points.

The sweep came seven weeks after JBU went into Shawnee and captured a 97-55 complete-game win, avenging a startling upset last season to the Cavaliers.

Carrying a 49-16 lead into the intermission, the Golden Eagles came out and dropped a game-high 30 points in the third quarter, giving way to valuable minutes for the reserves. Freshman Sara Williams had five points while sophomore Lauren Pelegreen stuck a triple from the deep right corner. Freshman KJ came off the bench to provide nine minutes, posting a bucket and a rejection.

SGU played within five points, 19-14, in the fourth, but by that point, the game was well out of reach, sending the hosts to its third consecutive win and fourth in six games this semester.

John Brown returns to action on Thursday (Jan. 26) at Bill George Arena, hosting Bacone (Okla.), winners of three straight, in a 6 p.m. bout.

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