SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel women's basketball team returns from break Thursday for conference road action at Culver-Stockton.
SERIES HISTORY Evangel leads the all-time series with the Wildcats 39-32 as Culver-Stockton won the only meeting between the two teams last season.
► Evangel returns to the court after almost three weeks off during the Christmas break. The Crusaders enter a two-game road swing on a three-game win streak that produced wins of 15 points or more.
► The Crusaders have been one of the best teams on the glass ranking eighth nationally in rebounding and ranks second in the Heart of America in rebound margin. Evangel is plus 8.3 on the boards trailing only Clarke who sits at 13.9.
► Defensively, Evangel ranks second in the Heart and 21st in NAIA in scoring defense. The Crusaders are holding teams to 59.1 points per game and have allowed more than 70 points just twice this season.
► A balanced scoring attack has helped Evangel through the first 12 games of the season. Both Lexie Vaught (Crane, Mo.) and Sydnee Garrett (Stockton, Mo.) average in double figures at 13.5 and 10.1 points per game, while freshman Brianna Vogts averages 9.4 points per game.
► The Crusaders have added a former local standout and Missouri Player of the Year in Bayley Harman. Harman is eligible immediately for the spring semester.
Evangel continues road action Saturday at Grand View for a 12 p.m. tipoff in Des Moines, Iowa.