The Bobcat women's basketball team had a lead through the first 30 minutes but ended up dropping their contest to Graceland Thursday night.

The Yellowjackets more than doubled the score on Peru State in the fourth quarter to win 85-71. Graceland outscored the 'Cats 29-14 in the final ten minutes to pick up the victory in Lamoni, Iowa.
 
With the win, Graceland improves to 12-9 overall and 6-9 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State falls to 2-18 on the season and are 1-15 in conference action.
 
First Quarter Action
 
After Graceland got on the board first with a free throw, Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) put the Bobcats up 2-1 at the 9:23 mark. The game would later be tied at 4-4, 6-6, and 8-8 before a bucket by Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) put the 'Cats up 10-8 with 6:04 left in the first quarter.
 
Peru State would end up leading 23-15 at the end of the quarter as Silva made a pair of free throws at the end of the stanza.
 
Second Quarter Action
 
The Bobcats would maintain the lead during the second quarter even though the 'Jackets would cut into it and only trailed by one late in the period. Peru State would lead 40-38 at halftime.
 
Third Quarter Action
 
A three-pointer by Keaundra Washington (Omaha) off an assist from Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) extend Peru State's lead to five to start the third period. Allison Tichy(Bellevue) would follow with a bucket and the 'Cats would have its largest lead of the quarter at 45-38.
 
Graceland would then go on a 12-2 run to take a 49-47 lead at the 4:05 mark of the quarter. The rest of the quarter would go back and forth before Tichy hit a pair of free throws to put Peru State up 57-56 after 30 minutes.
 
Fourth Quarter Action
 
Washington started the quarter with a bucket which was followed by a hoop by Silva. Peru State led 61-56 with 9:06 on the clock. Graceland would eventually regain the lead at 64-63 before Cudney completed an old-fashioned three-point play to give the 'Cats a 66-64 advantage. Washington followed with a bucket and Peru State led by four with just over six minutes left in the game.
 
It was then that the wheels fell off for the Bobcats as the Yellowjackets went on a 18-0 run in less than five minutes to basically take the game away from Peru State.
 
Team Statistics
 
Both teams shot the ball well with Graceland having a slight advantage from the field. The Yellowjackets made 30 of 63 for 47.6% and were extremely hot from long range hitting 7 of 17 for 41.2%. At the free throw line, Graceland made 18 of 26 for 69.2%. Peru State connected on 27 of 58 field goal tries for 46.6%, but did struggle from long range hitting just 4 of 18 for 22.2%. The 'Cats made 13 of 17 free throws for 76.5%.
 
Graceland had a slight rebounding edge as they grabbed 35 rebounds compared to 32 for the Bobcats. The 'Jackets had one more assist than Peru State as they finished with 14.
 
Peru State had 21 turnovers compared to 13 for the Yellowjackets. Both teams grabbed eight steals.
 
Peru Player Statistics
 
Cudney finished with a game- and season-high 24 points to lead Peru State. Maeda added 14 points while Silva and Washington each finished with 13 points.
 
Cudney finished with a double-double as she also had a game-high 13 rebounds. Silva added eight boards.
 
Maeda and Cudney each dished out a game-high four assists while Tichy and Washington each had two. Silva grabbed a game-high four steals while Washington and Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) each had two steals.
 
Upcoming Contests
 
Peru State is back in action on Saturday when they host #19 William Penn (Iowa) at 2 p.m. The Statesmen are 19-2 overall and are 14-2 in conference play. Saturday's game will be the Coaches versus Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend.
 
On Wednesday, the 'Cats will play their final exhibition game of the year as they will travel to face Omaha at the Baxter Arena at 7 p.m. The NCAA DI Mavericks are 6-13 on the season and presently have lost four in a row.
 
On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Bobcats will host Evangel at 2 p.m. The Crusaders are 12-8 on the year and are 7-8 in the Heart. This will be the annual alumni chili feed day!