Lady Eagles out scratch Lady Hillcats

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Kortni Kendrick led JBU with 13 points in a 65-63 win over Rogers State (Okla.) on Saturday afternoon.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 11, 2010) - The 23rd ranked JBU Lady Golden Eagles picked up a 65-63 win over Rogers State (Okla.) on Saturday afternoon in Bill George Arena. The win pushes the ladies to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.

Three players posted double digits for JBU led by freshman Kortni Kendrick with 13 points and three blocks. Senior Emily Ortiz added 11 points and four rebounds. And senior Katie Mangels put in a hard day’s work with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.

RSU (7-4, 1-3) got a game high 20 points from Angie Criner, while Candice Stewart finished with 16.

JBU jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the opening minutes, but RSU managed to close the gap and take a one point lead (14-13) with 9:15 left in the opening period.

Down by five, 13-18, with 6:30 left before halftime, JBU responded with a 10-0 run before closing out the half up by four, 25-21.

In the second period, JBU built their lead up to as many as 14 points, 49-35, with 11:40 left in the game. But Criner sparked an RSU comeback after converting a three-point play with 6:27 remaining to make it an eight point, 54-46, JBU lead. After a pair of JBU free throws from freshman Sierra Shipley, RSU responded with a 10-2 run capped off by a lay-in from Criner to make it a 58-56 JBU with 3:05 left.

JBU hit back with a 5-0 run after a bucket by Garrison and a deep trey from Kendrick to put JBU up 63-56. RSU wouldn’t go away, however, as Cortney Crockett buried a jumper followed by a pair of free-throws from Stewart and a three from Criner to tie things up at 63 with 34 seconds remaining.

On the next possession, JBU got the ball inside to Kendrick who scored the bucket and was fouled to put JBU up 65-63. Kendrick missed the free-throw, which gave RSU a final look at it with seven seconds left, but Criner’s three point attempt hit the front of the rim as time expired.

Both teams struggled from the floor on the night, with JBU shooting 36.2 percent (21-for-58) and RSU shooting 34.7 percent (26-for-75). JBU fell in the rebounding column 45-49 and committed 22 turnovers while forcing 18. The difference came from long range and the free throw line where JBU went 9-of-21 (42.9%) and 14-of-17 (82.4%) respectively, compared to 2-of-8 (25%) and 9-of-19 (47.4%) from RSU.

The ladies will have nearly three weeks off before returning to non-conference action at home on December 30 at 5 p.m. against Friends University (Kan.).

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