Big third quarter leads Lady Panthers past Southwest Baptist, 82-56

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Drury Lady Panthers used a 30-12 third quarter to pull away from Southwest Baptist for an 82-56 win on Saturday at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
Drury improved to 19-2 and 9-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while the Bearcats went to 10-8, and 5-5 in the league.
The Lady Panthers led 36-26 at halftime, then blew open the lead going on a 15-2 run to start the third quarter. Drury took a 66-38 lead into the fourth quarter and led by as much as 29 in the second half.
“We made some adjustments with what we wanted to do with our press after halftime,” said Drury head coach Amy Eagan. “We addressed a little bit of what they were doing in the half-court and what we needed to do with our traps, and I thought our kids did a great job of adjusting and implementing what we wanted to do.”
Drury forward Alana Findley registered her seventh double-double of the season as the junior from Fair Grove scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kaylee DaMitz added 14 points, five assists, and four steals.
The Lady Panthers forced 25 turnovers against Southwest Baptist while only committing 10. Drury shot 53 percent from the field, hitting 37 of 70 shots, while the Bearcats went 20 of 47 for 43 percent.
None of the Bearcats reached double-figures in scoring.
Drury is back at home on Thursday, Jan. 27, when they host Maryville at 5:45 pm in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

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