Shipley, Barenberg Salvage Road Trip, Drop Harris-Stowe, 69-54

ST. LOUIS (December 8, 2012) — John Brown was able to build a 12-point advantage in the first half as junior guard Sierra Shipley netted her second-straight 16-point effort which lead to a 69-54 win over Harris-Stowe State (Mo.) tonight at the Emerson Performance Center in St. Louis.

With the win, John Brown moves to 5-7 overall and earns its first NAIA victory of the 2012-13 campaign. Harris-Stowe falls to 3-8.

Shipley’s effort came on the heels of a 4-for-9 shooting afternoon from the field. She hit all six free throws attempted while nabbing a game-high four steals. Junior forward Kortni Barenberg chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds.

Freshman forward Brooke Barker rebounded well this afternoon, scoring 2-of-4 from three-point range while finishing 2-of-2 at the free throw line.

The Hornets earned the quick 2-0 lead, but John Brown would respond quickly as Morgan Ankrom’s field goal knotted the game at 2-2 and eliminating HSSU’s only lead of the contest.

After battling to a six-all tie, the Golden Eagles made a 12-0 run over 3:40, sparked by Shipley’s triple at the 16:10 mark of the first half. The JBU lead would fluctuate from seven to 12 points throughout the remainder of the first half. Shipley’s nine first-half points paced the Golden Eagle offense as the visitors shot 38.7 percent from the field while John Brown held the 33-22 halftime advantage.

The second half proved much of the same as the first. The Golden Eagles shot at a 39.1 percent clip while sporting a second-half double-digit lead.

At the 15:28 mark, a pair of Tiffany Morris free-throws began a 10-3 run for the Hornets. Over the next 3:29, HSSU closed in on John Brown, pulling within three points, 40-37. The Golden Eagles had other ideas, however, as JBU, after building a nine-point lead, put the game away with 9-1 run with 1:49 remaining, claiming the 17-point lead over Harris-Stowe.

John Brown made 19-of-20 free throws, many of which came down the stretch, as the Golden Eagles held on for a split on its two-game road trip to St. Louis.

Kayla Fisher finished with 18 points for Harris-Stowe. Shanique Buford earned a double-double, dropping 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

The Golden Eagles narrowly won the battle of the boards, 35-33, while the Hornet defense forced 14 John Brown turnovers while the Golden Eagle defense only produced 13 HSSU miscues.

John Brown will now take a month-long hiatus as it opens Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday, Jan. 3, when it welcomes last year’s national champions and current No. 8 Oklahoma City to the Bill George Arena for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.