Women’s basketball overcomes shooting woes, keeps Southwestern Christian cold

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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. -- After a 27-day hiatus, the No. 18 John Brown University women's basketball team struggled to score at times, but overcame poor early shooting to take out Southwestern Christian (Okla.) by a 70-43 final on Thursday (Jan. 5) night inside Bill George Arena.

While the Golden Eagles (10-4, 2-1 SAC) found its scoring touch, the defense made the visiting Eagles pay dearly, holding SCU to just 27 percent from the floor (17-of-63) and a 7-of-34 mark in the first half (20.6 percent).

JBU has now won four straight and five of its last six.

Four Golden Eagles scored in double figures, led by junior Jana Schammel, who converted 5-of-11 from the floor to score 16 points, a game-best, while sophomores Baily Cameron and Preslea Reece each added 13. The duo combined for 16 rebounds, eight a piece, while Reece also added a trio of rejections in the lopsided victory.

Junior Luize Skrastina came off the bench to provide 10 points and two blocks.

Through the first quarter, the hosts held onto a three-point lead late in the period, 12-9, but Reece's triple with four seconds left provided momentum into the second quarter that saw the Golden Eagles shoot 46.7 percent and open up a 14-point advantage, 32-18. Schammel closed the first half with a personal 5-0 run and scored all seven of JBU's points through the last 2:29 of the period.

Although the Eagles (8-5, 1-2 SAC) outscored John Brown 20-19 in the third quarter, the Golden Eagles closed the contest on an impressive 19-5 run, holding SCU to just 2-of-14 from the floor in the final 10 minutes of play.

Senior Kodee Powell's triple with 1:39 left made way to her layup with 49 seconds left, lofting the hosts to its largest lead of the game, 27 points, and its final 70-43 victory.

No Southwestern Christian player finished in double figures, but Kylee Vestal posted eight points while Eliora Johnson added seven points and seven boards in the loss.

Eighteen turnovers cost the visitors dearly. The Golden Eagles manufactured 21 points from SCU mistakes and out-gained the Eagles 36-27 in the paint. The hosts secured a 38-37 rebounding margin in the win.

John Brown will now hit the road for four consecutive games, also their furthest contests of the season. JBU will face Wayland Baptist (Texas) on Saturday (Jan. 7) at 1 p.m. in Plainview, Texas.

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