The Bobcat women's basketball team was within two points midway through the third quarter with the visiting Baker (Kan.) Wildcats.
Baker would score the next 12 straight points and would never have a lead less than double digits the rest of the way in the contest. The Wildcats won 69-51 over Peru State Monday night in Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) action.
With the win, the Wildcats improved to 14-7 on the season and are now 9-6 in conference play. Peru State fell to 2-17 on the year and are 1-14 in the Heart.
First Quarter Action
The first quarter was tight throughout as there were two ties and seven lead changes. Neither team led by more than three points at any one time.
Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) hit the first bucket of the contest at the 8:58 mark. The Wildcats would counter with a trey before Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) hit a bucket on an assist from Maeda to put the Bobcats back on top.
Peru State's largest lead of the game came at 9-6 after Claire Cudney (Marysville, Mo.) grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in with 5:45 left in the first period.
The quarter would end with Baker leading 15-14.
Second Quarter Action
Baker would build its lead to ten at 27-17 with just 1:37 left in the first half. Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) would get a bucket off an assist from Allison Tichy (Bellevue) to cut the deficit to eight.
With 42 seconds left, Maeda would hit a trey off an assist from Swaranga Fernando (Colombo, Sri Lanka) to cut the lead to 27-22 at halftime.
Third Quarter Action
After Baker scored the first two points of the half to lead by seven. Peru State would keep it close and eventually cut the lead to 34-32 after Tichy hit three free throws at the 4:16 mark.
The Wildcats would score the next 12 points to take a 14-point lead that the Bobcats would not overcome. Baker led 52-37 after 30 minutes.
Fourth Quarter Action
A Tichy trey followed by a pair of Silva free throws pulled Peru State to within ten at 52-42 just 32 seconds into the final stanza.
A 13-point run by the Wildcats basically put the game out of reach as Baker went on for the 18-point win.
Team Statistics
Baker made 27 of 71 field goals for 38% which included hitting 9 of 31 from long range for 29%. At the charity stripe, the Wildcats went 6 of 11 for 54.5%. Peru State hit only 16 of 56 field goal attempts for 28.6%, but were a little better from behind the arc making 5 of 14 for 35.7%. The Bobcats did make 14 of 20 free throws for 70%.
The Bobcats did have a slight rebounding edge as they pulled down 42 boards compared to 39 for Baker. The Wildcats more than doubled up Peru State in assists as they had 18 while the Bobcats finished with eight.
Peru State finished with double the turnovers as Baker had as the Bobcats had 22 miscues. Baker blocked four shots while the Bobcats blocked two. The Wildcats also doubled up the Bobcats in steals as they finished with ten.
Peru Player Statistics
Three Peru State players finished in double figures in scoring as they were led by Maeda who had a season-high 17 points. Silva finished with 13 while Tichy added 12. Cudney added seven points.
Cudney and Silva tied for game-high honors in rebounding as both players grabbed 12 boards.
Maeda dished out three assists while Tichy handed out two. Anjanea Simms (St. Louis, Mo.) and Alcantara each blocked one shot. Silva led the team with two steals.
Upcoming Contests
The Bobcats have a pair of games yet this week. On Thursday, Peru State will travel to Lamoni, Iowa, to face Graceland at 5:30 p.m. The Yellowjackets are presently 11-9 overall and are 5-9 in the Heart. Graceland has lost their lost six ballgames.
On Saturday, Peru State will host #19 William Penn (Iowa) at 2 p.m. The Statesmen are 18-2 on the season and are 13-2 in conference action.