Drury Lady Panthers Crucify the Saints 80-57

by Drury Athletics

After trailing 17-7 midway through the first quarter, the number one ranked Drury Lady Panthers caught fire and ended the opening period on a 14-0 on their way to an 80-57 win at Maryville on Saturday in St. Louis.

The win kept the Lady Panthers record perfect as they improved to 26-0 and 16-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Maryville Saints dropped to 17-9 and 11-6 in the league.

Hailey Diestelkamp posted a double-double as the junior from Owensville, Missouri had 26 points, 10 rebounds, and also contributed three steals and four assists while hitting 12 of 25 shot attempts including a 2 for 4 performance from three-point range. Diestelkamp’s double-double was her tenth of the year, and she ended the game with 551 points so far this season – the second-best total in Drury history. She trails only Lindsay Ballweg’s 644 points in 2009-10 for the Lady Panthers season record. 

After leading 35-30 at halftime, Drury put the game away with a 13-0 run to start the third quarter and closed out the game by outscoring the Saints 45-27 in the second half.

“We had a new level of defensive intensity in the second half,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller. “We were just a hair-late on some defensive rotations (in the first half), but we did a better job of getting into the passing lanes.”  

Lauren Holmes added 10 points, seven rebounds, and six steals while Brooke Stanfield chipped in 11 points.

Drury owned a 51-30 rebounding advantage and had 24 offensive boards. The second-chance scoring opportunities created a season-high 84 shots for the Lady Panthers as they went 36 of 84 from the field for 43 percent. Maryville went 19 for 51 from the floor to shoot 37 percent and was led by Mary Barton’s 15 points.

The Lady Panthers return home for their next game as they take on Rockhurst on Thursday at 5:45 p.m. at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.