by Drury Athletics
The fourth-ranked Drury Lady Panthers won their tenth straight game and kept their record perfect with an 86-63 win over Nova Southeastern on Sunday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Paige Robinson gave the Lady Panthers an early spark scoring 14 first-half points as Drury built a 44-33 lead at halftime. The freshman from Bethany, Illinois ended the game with a career-high 25 points hitting 8 of 12 shots from the floor, 5 of her 6 three-point attempts, and all four of her free throws.
Hailey Diestelkamp added 19 points and 9 rebounds while Daejah Bernard dished out eight assists picked up five steals.
Drury pulled away in the second half and outscored the Sharks 23-15 in the fourth quarter to win by 23.
“I think the final score is a little deceiving,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller. “(Nova Southeastern) is a good basketball team and they played with some energy on their home floor. We weathered the storm with some early foul trouble, and we played hard on the defensive end to force a veteran team into 27 turnovers.“
The Lady Panthers shot 51 percent hitting 32 of 62 shots and went 9 for 18 from three-point range. Drury limited the Sharks to just 44 shot attempts as Nova Southeastern went 21 for 44 from the field for 47 percent.
Claire McMahon led the Sharks with 17 points.
Nova Southeastern fell to 5-4 with the loss.
Drury’s 10-0 record matches their best start in program history. The Lady Panthers started the 2013-14 season with ten straight wins before they suffered a loss.
Drury plays their second game of the Florida road trip tomorrow as they face Concordia (Ore.) on Monday at 1 p.m. (Central) at Rick Case Arena.