by Ed Beach
The number one ranked Drury Lady Panthers outscored Maryville 24-8 in the third quarter on their way to a 70-60 win at Moloney Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on Thursday.
The win keeps Drury’s record perfect at 15-0 and 6-0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while Maryville fell to 8-5 and 3-3 in the league.
Hailey Diestelkamp had her second stellar game in a row producing 27 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, and four assists. The senior from Owensville, Missouri, was coming off of a 37-point, 10-rebound game against Lindenwood on Saturday and came through with her second straight double-double.
The Lady Panthers led by just one at halftime, 31-30, but started the second half on a 12-3 run and built a 55-38 lead at the end of the third quarter. Drury led by as much as 22 early in the fourth before the Saints ended the game by cutting the margin to 10.
“Maryville is a talented team, and you have to know that it’s going to be a difficult game – then you amplify that difficulty by being the number one team in the nation and having everyone wanting to knock you off,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller. “We have to approach every game with that mindset that we’re going to get every team’s best. We’ve got to be better when it comes to energy and effort when we’re on the road.”
The Saints led 16-13 at the end of the first quarter and went up by seven midway through the second period before the Lady Panthers grabbed the lead with a 13-0 run.
Paige Robinson added 15 points for Drury on 7 of 9 shooting while Lauren Holmes chipped in 10 points.
Drury shot just 35 percent from the field, going 26 for 74 but forced 35 turnovers from Maryville. The Saints shot 50 percent connecting on 21 of 42 attempts and were 8 for 18 from three-point range.
Maryville’s Mary Barton, the conference’s leading scorer this season, matched her average to finish with 22 points.
The Lady Panthers continue their road trip on Saturday as they take on Missouri S&T for a 1 pm game in Rolla.