by Drury Athletics
The second-ranked Drury Lady Panthers maintained their hold on first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference as they set a team record with 45 forced turnovers against Southern Indiana in a 77-50 road win in Evansville, Indiana on Saturday.
The Lady Panthers improved to 19-0 and 9-0 in the league while the Screaming Eagles suffered only their second loss in the GLVC going to 14-5 and 7-2 in the conference.
Drury raced to a 7-0 lead to start the game and led 23-11 at the end of the first quarter, but Southern Indiana rallied to pull within 11 at halftime, 38-27.
Then the Lady Panthers took over. They held the Screaming Eagles to 0 for 9 shooting from the field in the third quarter and blew open their lead in the second half.
“For me, this was just a spectacle I got to watch on the sidelines,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller. “What this team did today is something they should feel proud of. I was really pleased with the mentality we came in with. We were locked in, focused and had great energy…and we’ll have to have that moving forward.”
Hailey Diestelkamp put in 31 points on 13 of 23 shooting from the field and added eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals. Payton Richards added 15 points.
The Lady Panthers shot 45 percent going 29 for 65 from the floor while Southern Indiana was limited to just 44 shots and went 15 for 44. The 50 points scored was a season-low for the Screaming Eagles.
Drury was without their second-leading scorer Paige Robinson, who missed the game with an ankle injury.
The Lady Panthers return home for their next contest as they host Quincy on Thursday, Jan. 31 for a 5:45 p.m. game at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.