Lady Evangels ride stellar defensive effort to rout of Central Christian

From MACU Sports
Levi Convirs, Sports Information Director

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels used a stifling defensive performance throughout a 91-38 victory over the Central Christian College Tigers on Monday night to move to 4-0 on the season inside the Gaulke Activity Center.

The 38 points allowed and 53-point margin of victory are the best for the Lady Evangels since an 85-17 win over Dallas Christian back on Nov. 14, 2011.

MACU began the game by scoring the first 19 points behind eight points from Sarai Rodriguez, five from Jamie Lamb and four from D’Shala Powell.

The Lady Evangels held the Tigers off the scoreboard until Piper Kalthoff scored with 3:06 remaining in the first quarter and led 25-2 after one period.

The second quarter began with consecutive buckets by Erika Brown and ended with a 9-1 MACU run that extended the lead to a first-half high of 42-8 at the break.

The Lady Evangels continued to pull away in the second half, twice extending to a game-high lead of 53 points, with the last time coming on the final margin.

Rodriguez led the Lady Evangels in scoring for the fourth time this season with 23 points on 8-of-14 overall from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point distance and a perfect 4-of-4 at the charity stripe. Nevada Denton scored 11 and Jaidan Alley had a career-high 10 points.

Brittany Thompson had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Lady Evangels, while Mikki Flores dished out a career-best 11 assists.

Kalthoff paced the Tigers (1-3) with 18 points and four players tied for team-high honors with six boards for CCC.

The Lady Evangels left their mark defensively, particularly in the first half when they limited the Tigers to only 10.7 percent (3-of-28) shooting and then 19.4 percent (13-of-67) for the game.

MACU also dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Tigers 64-42 overall.  The 64 rebounds are the third most for the Lady Evangels as an NAIA program, with both higher occurrences coming in the 2014-15 season.

The Lady Evangels will look to remain perfect on the season when they host Kansas Wesleyan University Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.

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