Final: Evangel 70, William Penn 63 | Final Stats
Records: Evangel (12-11, 8-5); William Penn (3-21, 3-10)
Site: J. Robert Ashcroft Center
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – On a day where the Valor were without starters Alexis Cauthon and Bayley Harman, as well as their head coach, EU did not miss a beat, heating up the Ashcroft Center and taking down William Penn, 70-63.
Assistant Coach Julie Hammitt filled in for Head Coach Preston Beverly on Saturday and had Evangel ready to play. Abby Wildermuth kicked off scoring with a floater in the lane. William Penn responded and went on a 6-1 scoring run that EU stopped with a Sophie Sparks jumper. Each team traded baskets until EU ended the quarter on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 15 apiece.
The second quarter was full of runs for both teams. EU kicked off the quarter with jumpers by Alexis Roach and Sadie Chisum. Kohnnar Patton capped off the 7-0 EU run with a three pointer of her own, to which William Penn responded with a quick 6-0 run. Not to be outdone, the Valor stifled the Statesmen and hit another 7-0 run, finished by a Makayla McVay three to lead 30-22. Each team traded baskets to end the quarter with the Valor on top, 34-29. Chisum led all Valor scorers at the half with six points.
The Valor's third quarter was a key shift for EU. In the last three home ball games, Evangel had been outscored in the third quarter by a 34 point margin. The trend was put to bed today as EU outscored the Statesmen, 12-11, thanks to consistent ball movement and key bench play. Eight of the 12 points were scored off the bench, with Logan Jones and Sparks scoring four each. By the end of the third, Evangel had extended their lead to six, 46-40.
William Penn came out hot in the final quarter, fighting hard to tie the game up at 56 apiece with 5:57 remaining in the game. After tying the game up, Abby Wildermuth took over. Wildermuth hit a three, a jumper, and a layup to spur a 7-0 run of her own. From there, William Penn never recovered. Chisum hit the final point for the Valor at the free throw line and Evangel walked away with a 70-63 victory, snapping their two game losing skid.
Julie Hammitt recorded her first career collegiate victory with the win. The Valor were led by Wildermuth who finished the afternoon with 17 points. Zoey Mullings rounded out double digit scoring, finishing with 11 points. Sarah Lwambo recorded her first career start and nearly recorded a double-double, falling short by one point (nine points, 10 rebounds).
Evangel will hit the road to kick off the month of February (Feb. 2), taking on the Wildcats of Baker. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. in the Collins Center (Baldwin City, Kan.).
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