A big second quarter by the home-standing Central Methodist (CMU) women's basketball team propelled them to an easy win over Peru State Saturday afternoon in Fayette, Mo.
 
Peru State played the Eagles close in the first quarter, but lost its leading scorer to an injury. After that point, CMU went on a roll and defeated the 'Cats 103-55.
 
With the win, the 23rd-ranked Eagles improved to 14-6 overall and 10-4 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). The Bobcats lost their seventh-straight game and fell to 2-16 overall and are now 1-13 in conference play.
 
First Quarter Action
 
Central Methodist scored first and led until Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue) made a pair of free throws to first tie and then give Peru State a 6-5 lead. This was at the 8:17 point in the first period. The Eagles would score the next five points and would never trail the rest of the contest.
 
Peru State would be within twice in the quarter with the last coming at the 4:12 mark when Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) hit a bucket in the paint after grabbing an offensive rebound.
 
Shortly after that, Marsh-Contreras would go out of the contest, but Peru State kept the first quarter within six at 21-15.
 
Second Quarter Action
 
CMU would score the first four points of the second period to have their first double-digit lead at 25-15. Keaundra Washington (Omaha) would hit a three-pointer to pull the 'Cats back within seven with 8:17 left in the half.
 
Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) would get a bucket in the paint off an assist from Washington and suddenly the Bobcats were only down five at 25-20.
 
Seven-straight points by the Eagles stretched their lead back to double digits. CMU would have its first 20-point advantage at 48-28 with 1:54 left in the first 20 minutes. At halftime, the Eagles would lead 55-28.
 
Third Quarter Action
 
Silva would start the third stanza with a bucket only to see the Eagles score a pair of hoops. With 7:41 on the clock, CMU would have its first 30-point lead at 62-32. At the end of the period, Central Methodist led 80-43.
 
Fourth Quarter Action
 
Cudney would score the first points of the final quarter and was followed by bucket from Silva to make it 80-47 with 8:48 remaining in the game.
 
The Eagles would outscore Peru State 23-12 in the final stanza for the 103-55 win.
 
Team Statistics
 
CMU connected on 39 of 81 field goals for 48.1% which included making 12 of 34 from long range for 35.3%. At the free throw line, the Eagles made 13 of 19 for 68.4%. Peru State hit just 18 of 54 for 33.3% in field goal shooting, but only made 2 of 11 from behind the arc for 18.2%. At the charity stripe the 'Cats made 17 of 29 for 58.6%.
Peru State did have a rebounding edge on the Eagles as they finished with 49 compared to 36. CMU quadrupled the 'Cats in assists, though, as they handed out 21 while Peru State had just five.
 
The Bobcats had troubles handling the ball as they had they biggest turnover number of the season as they finished with 34. CMU committed 11 miscues.
 
The Eagles blocked five shots while Peru State had three. Central Methodist nabbed 18 steals while the 'Cats had five.
 
Peru Player Statistics
 
Silva and Cudney both finished with 14 points to lead Peru State. Allison Tichy (Bellevue) added eight while Washington finished with six.
 
Silva also led the team with a game-high 12 rebounds while Cudney and Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) each grabbed eight boards.
 
Alcantara led the team with three assists. Alcantara, Cudney, and Daspin Bruning (Everest, Kan.) each blocked one shot. Bruning led the team with two steals.
 
Upcoming Games
 
Peru State has a busy week ahead as they will play three games. On Monday, Baker (Kan.) will come to Peru for a 7 p.m. contest. The Wildcats are 13-7 on the season and are now 8-6 in the Heart. Baker won in overtime in the two teams' first meeting this season.
 
On Thursday, the Bobcats will travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to face the Graceland Yellowjackets at 5:30 p.m. The 'Jackets are 11-8 overall and are now 5-8 in conference play having lost their last five games.
 
William Penn (Iowa) will be the opponent for the 'Cats on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Al Wheeler Activity Center at 2 p.m. The 19th-ranked Statesmen are 17-2 on the year and 12-2 in the Heart as they were upset Saturday afternoon by Evangel.