by Drury Athletics
Behind a triple-double by junior Hailey Diestelkamp, the 3rd ranked Drury Lady Panthers easily dispatched Indianapolis 77-47 on Thursday night to extend their current win streak to 14. Diestelkamp finished with a team-high 21 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and adding a school record-tying 10 steals as the Lady Panthers improved to 14-0 overall on the season and 4-0 in Great Lakes Valley Conference action.
“Hailey’s truly a ‘stud’ for us out there, and a triple-double doesn’t surprise me at all because she’s always active on both ends of the floor,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller.
Leading 22-15 over the Greyhounds (6-8, 0-4) after the opening quarter, the Lady Panthers increased the defensive pressure forcing 17 first-half turnovers and limiting the visitors to just six points in the second period to assume a 36-21 lead at halftime.
The Greyhounds put on a minor charge to Drury’s lead in the third period, overcoming an 18 point deficit to pull with nine, 41-32. The Lady Panthers responded, however, with a run of their own to close the period outscoring Indianapolis 13-3, then slammed the door with a strong and convincing fourth quarter to produce the final margin of victory.
Backing Diestelkamp’s efforts was a 15 point performance off the bench by sophomore Azia Lynch on 7 of 11 shooting from the field, with freshman Paige Robinson chipping in 12 more, also in a reserve role.
“Azia was big for us tonight coming off the bench,” said Miller. “And that’s what we’re going to need as we look ahead to our next game coming up this weekend against a really strong team in Lewis.”
Taylor Drury paced the Greyhound scoring with 17 points, while Emma Benoit was the only other Indianapolis player in double figures with 10.
Drury won the battle of the boards, with a 42-34 edge in rebounds and forced a total of 26 turnovers, while committing just 13. Drury ended the evening hitting on 44 percent shooting from the field (27 for 61) with the Greyhounds only 16 of 49 for 33 percent.