Golden Eagles finish regular season on streak, ride hot third quarter to win

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BETHANY, Okla. -- The No. 17 John Brown University women's basketball team retook the lead early on and pulled away in a hot-shooting third quarter to take a 63-52 win over Southwestern Christian (Okla.) on Saturday (Feb. 25) afternoon inside Pickens-Springer Gymnasium.

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Sporting just a six-point lead at the break, 29-23, sophomore Baily Cameron scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter, helping the Golden Eagles (22-7, 14-4 Sooner Athletic) to a 24-15 margin in the period. Armed with a 53-38 lead, JBU held on despite a 21.4 percent shooting mark in the fourth.

"Great road win today," said head coach Jeff Soderquist, who finished up his sixth winning season and the fifth 20-win campaign of his career. "I thought we played really good defense and a great third quarter was enough today. I'm very proud of this bunch."

The John Brown defense held the Eagles (15-13, 7-11) in check all afternoon, to the tune of 31.7 percent from the floor (19-of-60). The hosts shot even worse from behind the arc, 23.1 percent), and received just two bench points in support, two days after upsetting No. 13 Wayland Baptist (Texas) in Plainview.

Cameron finished 8-of-17 from the floor and added four boards and four assists. Coming to her assistance was junior Jana Schammel, who hit an impressive 7-of-11 from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc, to post 18 points in the win. Freshman Jordan Martin contributed nine points while junior Kimmy Deines boasted seven points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the win.

Senior Kodee Powell passed out six assists, averaging 4.5 dimes in her last seven games.

The Golden Eagles finished the regular season on a bit of a tear, winning 12 of its final 13 contests, with its only loss since Jan. 12 came to the hands of then-No. 7 Oklahoma City on Feb. 9 on the road.

With SCU's Eliora Johnson scoring the first bucket of the second half, the Golden Eagles responded, rattling off a 7-0 run. Up 29-25, Cameron hit a bucket and a triple, while Martin added a pair at the line, pushing the lead to 11.

Schammel hit a pair of triples, stemming Eagle comeback attempts in the third, and Martin scored seven in the quarter, contributing back-to-back buckets that turned an eight-point lead into a 13 –point margin.

While the Golden Eagles shot just 3-of-14 in the final 10 minutes of play, a meager 14-10 scoring advantage by Christian wasn't enough to displace the JBU lead, which was as large as 18 in the opening minutes of the fourth.

With Wayland Baptist walloping Science & Arts (Okla.), 111-65, the Golden Eagles settle for finishing with the third seed in next week's SAC tournament, and will host sixth-seeded USAO at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 28). The winner advances to the final site (Abe Lemons Arena) in Oklahoma City for the semifinals on March 3. The title game is scheduled for March 4.

Eliora Johnson scored 17 for SCU while Maranda Janz added 13 in the loss. Johnson and Kylee Severin each controlled seven caroms, a team-best.

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