Score: Evangel 89, Baker 56 | Box Score
Records: Evangel (12-8, 10-5); Baker (8-12, 5-11)
Location: Baldwin City, Kan. | Collins Center
BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – The Evangel women's basketball team led from start to finish Thursday night to run past Baker, 89-56, in Heart Conference action.
The Crusaders (12-8, 10-5) never trailed as the game was really never in doubt. Evangel outscored Baker (8-12, 5-11) 17-7 in the first quarter before the Wildcats pulled within 40-31 at halftime.
"It was a big step for us to be able to put together a full 40-minute game on the road," said head coach Megan Leuzinger. "I am super proud of all of the girls. I really thought they showed a lot of heart and poise throughout the entire game."
However, as good as Evangel was in the first half, they were even better in the second half. The Crusaders shot 62 percent from the field and 63 percent from behind the three-point arc knocking down 15 three-pointers as a team. It marked the fourth time this season Evangel has made 15 three-pointers, a season-high.
The win is the fourth consecutive for Evangel who forced 17 turnovers on Thursday night giving the Crusaders 17 or more turnovers during the win streak as they only committed nine tonight. Also, during the streak, Evangel has outscored its opponents 314-208.
"Our defense once again propelled us offensively," Leuzinger added. "We also did a great job taking care of the ball."
Six different Crusaders finished in double figures led by Emma Lander who scored 16 and added eight rebounds and six assists. Alexis Cauthon also finished with 14 points while Kylee Moore added 12 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Bayley Harman and Moore each knocked down four three-pointers each as Harman also finished in double figures with 12 points off the bench.
Defensively, Evangel held Baker to just 29 percent shooting in the second half, as Abby Bird scored a game-high 21 points.
"It can be hard to win on the road in our conference, and the girls did it in a convincing fashion," said Leuzinger. "They earned this great team win tonight!"
Evangel returns home Saturday to start a touch stretch against ranked opponents with a matchup vs. William Penn who ranked 20th in the latest NAIA Coaches Poll. Tipoff from the Ashcroft Center is scheduled for noon.
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