The Cowley College women’s basketball team built a 40-point halftime lead Monday night against the Southwestern College JV and never looked back in a 101-35 victory at W.S. Scott Auditorium.
The Lady Tigers (3-0), playing their third game in four days, showed no signs of fatigue, holding the Southwestern JV to 18.6-percent shooting and forced the Lady Builders into 32 turnovers. Cowley outscored the Lady Builders 44-3 in points off turnovers.
“Defensively, we got after people and were able to turn their turnovers into points,” Cowley coach Todd Clark said.
The Lady Tigers led only 11-8 with just less than four minutes left in the first quarter before closing the stanza on a 17-2 run.
Shontrice Austin (13) and Kalyne Daniels (11) combined for 24 first-half points, helping Cowley to an insurmountable 59-19 halftime lead.
The Lady Tigers scored the first 12 points of the third quarter and led 82-23 heading into the final stanza. Cowley eclipsed the century mark on a 3-pointer by freshman Jessica McGrath with 2:30 remaining.
Daniels led Cowley with 18 points and six rebounds on 8-of-10 shooting, while Austin added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
“Kalyne and Shontrice both stepped up and had really nice games,” Clark said.
Joining those two in double figures were Seanna Boltz (14), Ayanna Aoyama (10) and Emily Florentino (10).
Atyanna Freeman and Gabby Murchison led Southwestern with nine points apiece.
The Lady Tigers remain home to face NOC-Tonkawa at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cowley will be the fourth straight Jayhawk Conference opponent the Lady Mavericks (1-2) will face to open the season.
“We look forward to the challenge, but will need to play better than we have up to this point,” Clark said. “This will be a good test to see where we stand as we are still trying to figure out who we are as a team.”
The Lady Tigers opened the season with a pair of victories Friday and Saturday at the Cowley Classic.
Cowley defeated the Kansas Wesleyan University JV 84-64 on Friday before beating the Tabor College JV 56-39 on Saturday.
Despite only one sophomore on the roster, 11 Lady Tigers scored in Friday’s win.
Cowley led 19-8 at the end of the first quarter and expanded the lead to 40-21 at halftime.
Austin scored nine of her game-high 18 points in the third quarter as Cowley’s lead grew to 66-43.
The Lady Tigers led by as many as 32 following a basket by Ayanna Correll with 4:20 remaining. The Lady Coyotes finished the game on a 15-3 run.
“We were aggressive and scored the ball well in the first half, but felt we were not as aggressive in the second half,” Clark said.
Boltz hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, while Jayden Marlnee (10 points, nine rebounds) and Teagan Brouwer (six points, seven rebounds) provided the Lady Tigers with solid play inside.
“Those two were really good and rebounded the ball very well,” Clark said.
Mia Needles and Caila Hill led Kansas Wesleyan with 17 points apiece.
The Lady Tigers forced Tabor into 19 first-half turnovers.
The Lady Tigers led 30-22 at halftime.
Daniels came off the bench to finish with her first collegiate double-double, leading Cowley with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
“Kalyne was huge off the bench and really carried us,” Clark said.
Marlnee added a game-high 12 rebounds and five steals as Cowley forced Tabor into 31 turnovers and held the Lady Bluejays to only five fourth-quarter points.
“These are all positive takeaways for us to build on,” Clark said.
Brianna Hable was the lone Tabor player to score in double figures with 11.