by Ed Beach
The number one ranked Drury Lady Panthers behind another one-two punch from seniors Hailey Diestelkamp, and Daejah Bernard remained undefeated on the season as they downed Truman State 77-56 at the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday night.
Diestelkamp, the All-American from Owensville, Missouri, had 26 points and 10 rebounds, her third consecutive double-double outing and ninth of the season. Bernard, from St. Joseph, Missouri, posted a stat-line of nine points, five assists, and three steals in pushing Drury to 26-0 overall and now 17-0 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
“Hailey was not feeling well and has been sick, and then Daejah is cramping up, so I’m proud of them, they had a really good night,” said Drury head coach Molly Miller. “I think they’re cherishing every game at this point.”
After jumping in front 23-13 after the first quarter, the Lady Panthers outscored the Bulldogs 13-0 to open the second period and expanded their margin to 43-15 before settling for a 48-24 lead at intermission as they forced the Bulldogs into 16 first-half turnovers.
“When you can figure out what they’re doing defensively and how they’re guarding our ball screens, you hope you learn from that and make a run based on what they’re doing,” added Miller, in reference to the quick start to the period.
The Lady Panthers got 14 points each from junior Lauren Holmes and sophomore Paige Robinson in posting their 63rd straight regular season win and 54th straight in GLVC play.
Katie Jaseckas paced the Bulldog scoring, finishing with 18 points as Truman State fell to 17-7 and 13-4 in league play.
Drury forced the Bulldogs into 30 turnovers for the contest. The Bulldogs edged the Lady Panthers on the boards, outrebounding them 38-36.