Women's College Basketball

Wildcats react in positive way to slow start

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Posted: Nov. 8, 2018 12:45 am Updated: Nov. 8, 2018 12:53 am

CANTON, Mo. -- The start was the same. So was the response.

What changed was the way the Culver-Stockton College women's basketball team finished Wednesday night's game.

The Wildcats shook off another slow start, took the lead with a dominant third-quarter run and put away a 79-68 victory at Charles Field House by holding the St. Louis College of Pharmacy to two points over the game's final 4 1/2 minutes.

Sophomore guard Payton Curley scored 10 of her 16 points in the third quarter, while junior guard Ryan Dooley had seven of the Wildcats' final nine points and finished with 24 points.

"(Curley and Dooley) are two hard-nosed players that know how to get the job done." Culver-Stockton College coach Janette Burgin said.

It helped erase a horrible start. C-SC missed its first 10 shots, didn't score until 5 minutes, 29 seconds had elapsed, and went just 6 of 23 from the field in the first quarter.

In last Saturday's game against St. Ambrose, the Wildcats trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, cut it to a single-possession game but never took the lead in suffering a 58-56 loss.

"It's two games back-to-back now where we didn't have great offensive flow," C-SC coach Janette Burgin said. "I don't know if we need to find better personnel that'll play well together to get us going early. I don't know if it's just the confidence level or what, but we'll continue to watch film and work on it in practice and figure that first quarter out."

The Eutectics started the game off with an 11-2 run, but the Wildcats were quick to answer. A 16-3 run gave C-SC lead 30 seconds into the second quarter, but St. Louis College of Pharmacy guard Makenzie Schierding made a 3-pointer to take back the lead 20-18. Schierding went 7 of 12 from 3-point range and scored 25 points for the Eutectics.

"If we didn't get a hand up on her or come close to her, it was going in and you knew it," Dooley said.

Burgin actually recruited Schierding.

"You know it's funny because I recruited that kid coming out of high school," Burgin said. "Her brother played soccer here so she knows this gym pretty well. She knows the school just from having that background with her brother. I think she just wanted to take it to us, and quite honestly, that's why I wanted her on my team."

The Wildcats switched defenses heading into the second half and got a boost from it.

C-SC ditched the press for a 1-3-1 zone and took the College of Pharmacy out of it rhythm. The Eutectics made just 10 shots in the second half, going 10 of 37 from the field.

The College of Pharmacy went 14 of 33 from the field in the first half.

"That fact that she changed it to the 1-3-1 I think it caught them off guard," Dooley said. "Especially having Payton up top, she's quick and really frustrated their guards."

Curley grabbed eight rebounds and had one steal.

"Since the last game I really struggled with rebounds and the first thing that Coach said to me is you have to get in and get rebounds," Curley said.


Culver-Stockton 79, St. Louis Pharmacy 68


Morgan 4-10 0-0 10, Dermody 4-8 0-0 8, Rose 3-17 6-6 12, Dewald 1-12 2-2 5, Schierding 9-14 0-0 25, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Forrest 3-6 0-1 8, Oliver 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-70 8-9 68.

C-SC (2-1)

Guehne 0-2 0-0 0, Lascelles 5-14 0-2 10, Harper 2-6 1-2 6, Dooley 7-15 8-8 24, Clark 4-9 0-0 10, Curley 6-11 3-3 16, Sailor 1-1 0-0 2, Connell 0-4 2-2 2, Green 1-5 3-4 6, Neuner 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 26-68 20-25 79.

College of Pharmacy 17 20 13 18--68

C-SC 14 23 20 22--79

3-point field goals--College of Pharmacy 12-33 (Schierding 7-12, Forrest 2-5, Dewald 1-4, Oliver 0-3), C-SC 7-20 (Dooley 2-5, Clark 2-3, Harper 1-5, Green 1-2, Curley 1-3, Connell 0-3, Lascelles 0-1). Rebounds--College of Pharmacy 34 (Schierding 9) C-SC 55 (Dooley, Clark, Curley 8). Assists--College of Pharmacy 19 (Rose 9), C-SC 12 (Harper 5). Steals--College of Pharmacy 9 (Morgan, Dewald 2), C-SC 9 (Harper, Clark 2). Blocked shots--College of Pharmacy 2 (Schierding, Oliver), C-SC 3 (Dooley 2). Turnovers--College of Pharmacy 14, C-SC 17. Fouls--College of Pharmacy 19. C-SC 16. Fouled out--Morgan, Dermody, Clark.