by Drury Athletics
Fourth-ranked Drury defeated Concordia (Ore.) 107-54 on Monday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to improve to 11-0, their best start in program history.
After leading 20-14 after the first period, the Lady Panthers pulled away in the second quarter outscoring the Cavaliers 32-13. Drury then put together a 15-0 run in the third period and led 83-40 heading into the final quarter.
Azia Lynch led the Lady Panthers with a career-high 26 points as Drury had five players score in double-figures. The sophomore from Overland Park, Kansas went 9 for 13 from the field, 7 for 9 from the free throw line and she added six rebounds.
Payton Richards registered her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Hailey Diestelkamp and Paige Robinson both scored 18 points while Emily Parker chipped in 10.
“It feels good to be 11-0 going into the New Year,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller, whose team idle until Jan. 3. “Once again, our assist-to-turnover ratio was impressive with 31 assists and only 11 turnovers. I’m really proud of our team’s efforts to get to where we are, and they are finding their identity as a team.”
Drury shot 55 percent from the field in the game going 42 for 76, and they connected on 14 of 31 three-point attempts. The Lady Panthers had a 44-23 rebounding advantage and pulled down 18 boards on the offensive glass. Drury also had 15 steals and forced 27 turnovers from Concordia. Their 54-point margin of victory is their largest of the season. Earlier this season, the Lady Panthers defeated Missouri S&T by 52, 113-61 on Dec. 1.
Concordia fell to 5-4 with the loss. Abby Zhang’s 12 points led the Cavaliers.
The Lady Panthers return to action on Jan. 3 at William Jewell for a 5:30 p.m. game in Liberty, Missouri.