Women's Basketball: Panthers rout short-handed Wesleyan 89-14

Photo by Dean Hartman
Photo by Dean Hartman

LaGrange routed visiting Wesleyan 89-14 in a USA South game Wednesday night in Mariotti Gym. The Panthers, winning for the second time in as many days, evened their conference record at 4-4 and improved to 10-7 on the season.

"A real good team win tonight. We had good defense and very balanced scoring," said Coach Lee Buchanan. "I was very pleased with our unselfish play, 22 assists on 40 baskets is really good. Daijah (Cousins) did a fantastic job of getting the ball to the right place at the right time and played a real solid floor game."

Senior Marilauren Farr led LC with a double-double game-high 15 points and 12 rebounds, shooting a perfect 7-for-7. It was her team-leading seventh double-double of the season. She needs one more double-double to tie Katie Covington's career mark of 21. Sophomores Nadia Montour and Megan English had career-best nights. Montour had 14 points, while English had 12.

"Once again Marilauren played well, she shot it outstanding and did a nice job on the rebounds," Buchanan said. "Nadia had a very good game as well. She also shot it well and did a nice job on the offensive glass. We shot it well from the 3-point line as well which is exciting to see. Riley (Chlupacek) and Megan led the outside shooting attack with 5 of the 8 three-point baskets. 

Wesleyan (0-16, 0-7) had only five players available Wednesday and was missing its top two scorers. The Panthers never trailed in the game. The game was tied briefly at 2-2, but the Panthers finished the quarter on a 21-0 run. LC led 47-7 at halftime. Buchanan played everyone available on his roster. The Panther bench had 59 of the team's 89 points.

"I was pleased that we could get some of the younger players some quality minutes," Buchanan pointed out. "All their learning and hard work is starting to show in games and that is exciting to see."

The Panthers play at Brevard in a USA South game Saturday.