JBU Women's Basketball Continues in Winning Column

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 10, 2004) — John Brown University blistered the nets with 9 three-pointers in the first half to take a commanding 48-33 lead over Wayland Baptist University and went on to a 92-63 victory.

The turning point in the first half was a trey from long range by freshman Ashley Wettengel at the 16:24 mark that sparked a run by the Golden Eagles resulting in a 9 point lead with 11 minutes left in that first period. On three occasions, JBU built the first half lead to 21 but with some late first half free throws and a long three pointer by Stephanie Shaw at the buzzer, the Flying Queens cut the lead to 15 going into the locker room.

The dominance continued in the second half with JBU able to extend their lead to 31 points midway through the period. Sophomore Lesli Fanning opened up the second half by netting a three and the hot shooting for the Golden Eagles kept pace for the continuation of the contest. With seven straight points including two 3-pointers in a little over two minutes, junior Caitlin Chandler scored 14 of her game high 15 in the second half. JBU went on to bucket seven 3-pointers in the second half to tie the JBU single game record of sixteen set in 2002-03 against Rhema Bible.

Sophomore Alicia Baer and Chandler each contributed 15 points to lead the Golden Eagles in scoring. Sophomore Kendra McCormick tossed in 12 and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead the way in that department. Chandler also supplied 8 rebounds in the winning effort. For Wayland Baptist junior Stephanie Shaw had 19 points to lead the Flying Queens.

“Three point shooting has been the missing piece in our offense as of late, so we wanted to come out and really shoot the ball well from the outside,” stated Coach Jeff Soderquist following the win. “It’s nice to see different players stepping up in key situations. I believe that we are sending a statement around the league by beating quality teams and also being nationally ranked.”

JBU ups their season record to 14-2 and 3-0 in SAC play. The Golden Eagles will be at home next Thursday, January 15th for a 6:00 pm game against the NAIA No. 1 Oklahoma City University.