The 19th-ranked Statesmen women's basketball team of William Penn (WPU) (Iowa) rolled past the home-standing Peru State Bobcats Saturday 74-47.
 
William Penn cruised to a 22-point halftime lead in route to their 20th win of the season against two losses. Peru State dropped their tenth game in a row to fall to 2-19 on the season. The Statesmen are 15-2 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) while the 'Cats are now 1-16.
 
First Quarter Action
 
WPU scored the first seven points of the contest before a bucket by Claire Cudney (Marysville, Kan.) put the Bobcats on the board nearly half-way through the first quarter. After review at the end of the quarter, a three by the Statesmen which was shot at the buzzer, was counted and William Penn led 19-10.
 
Second Quarter Action
 
Lauren Beath (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a trey off an assist from Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) to pull the 'Cats with six at 19-16 to start the second period. The Statesmen would lead by as many as 26 at 46-20 with 3:14 left in the half.
 
A three-pointer from Daspin Bruning (Everest, Kan.) on an assist from Swaranga Fernando (Colombo, Sri Lanka) ended the scoring for the half with WPU leading 47-25.
 
Third Quarter Action
 
Back-to-back treys by Maeda with the second one coming off an assist from Beath pulled Peru State to within 16 at the 8:17 mark of the third period.
 
William Penn stretch their lead to 27 at 60-33 with 1:18 left on the clock. Cudney would make a pair of free throws and then would dish the ball to Silva for a bucket to end the third period. The Bobcats trailed 60-37 at that point.
 
Fourth Quarter Action
 
WPU would lead by as many as 31 at 74-43 with 4:05 left in the game. The rest of the scoring in the game would come from Peru State. Bruning hit a field goal in the paint. Then, Leslie Kirkland (Rock Port, Mo./Bakersfield, Calif.) made one of two free throws. Bruning did the same as the Statesmen ended up winning 74-47.
 
Team Statistics
 
After shooting nearly 50% in the first half, the Statesmen cooled off some in the second half. WPU ended up making 27 of 67 field goals for 40.3% which included making 11 of 31 treys for 35.5%. At the charity stripe, the Statesmen made 9 of 12 for 75%. Peru State connected on 15 of just 40 attempts for 37.5% and made the same percentage of their three-point tries hitting 6 of 16. At the free throw line, the 'Cats made 11 of 16 for 68.8%.
Peru State had one more rebound than the Statesmen as they finished with 32. William Penn dished out 16 assists while the 'Cats finished with 12.
 
WPU only had five turnovers while forcing the Bobcats into 22. The Statesmen scored 20 points off of Peru State turnovers. The 'Cats blocked two shots and had four steals. William Penn finished with 11 steals.
 
Peru Player Statistics
 
Cudney was the only Bobcat who finished in double figures as she had 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting from the floor. Beath, who came off the bench, added nine points while Maeda added eight.
 
Silva led the team with nine rebounds while Cudney grabbed six. Maeda, the shortest player on the court, finished with five.
 
Maeda dished out four assists while Keaundra Washington (Omaha) and Cudney each handed out two. Silva and Beath were each credited with a block. Silva nabbed two steals to lead the team.
 
Upcoming Games
 
The Bobcats will face NCAA DI Omaha Wednesday night in what will be an exhibition game for Peru State. The 7 p.m. game will be played at the Baxter Arena in Omaha. The Mavericks are presently 6-14 on the season.
 
Next Saturday, Feb. 2, the 'Cats will host Evangel (Mo.) in a 2 p.m. contest. The Crusaders are 12-9 on the season and are 7-9 in the Heart after losing Saturday to Clarke (Iowa) at home. Evangel will play one more conference contest before heading to Peru.
 
Saturday will be the Peru State Foundation's National Alumni Association Chili Feed with lots of other activities taking place that day.