SHAWNEE – St. Gregory’s used a hot-shooting second half to pull away from Paul Quinn (Texas) for an 83-67 victory Wednesday night at Sumner Field House. The Cavaliers evened their record at 2-2, while the Lady Tigers dropped to 1-2.
Up by nine at the break, the home team squashed any chance of a PQC comeback with a 59 percent shooting performance that included a 7-for-10 showing from three point range. SGU also finished 10-for-12 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.
Both Kylee Tatum and Kelsie Howgard scored 16 points to lead all scorers. Tatum added seven rebounds, while Howgard dished out six assists. Joette Fernander logged her first career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 boards. Chelsea Exum tallied 14 points and six blocks.
The first half featured six ties and eight lead changes, but SGU created separation with a big run to end the frame. Down 31-29 with 2:10 remaining, the Cavs scored 11 straight points – started and capped by Exum buckets – to make it 40-31 at intermission.
The home team shot 43 percent while holding the visitors to 30 percent in the opening 20 minutes. Howgard led all players with 13 points after hitting three of her six attempts from three-point range. Jada Peltier had 10 for the Lady Tigers at halftime.
SGU drained four treys in the third quarter – the final two during a 10-0 run that gave the Cavs their largest lead at 58-41 with 47 seconds remaining in the frame. That advantage grew to as many as 22 in the fourth, as the visitors were never able to mount a substantial rally.
The Cavs finished at 49 percent from the field and 55 percent (11-for-20) from distance. SGU made the most of their charity attempts, posting a 16-for-18 night (89 percent). The home team had a 53-39 edge on the boards and held the visitors to 28 percent shooting.
St. Gregory’s resumes play Saturday at McPherson (Kan.). Game time is set for 5 p.m.