The Maryville College women's basketball team used a strong second half surge to claim the "Battle of the Scots" over Covenant College by the score of 65-49 on Tuesday evening in MC's Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
Covenant opened the challenge with a 45% shooting effort from the floor while Maryville only tallied a dozen points on 26% shooting that included a 0-for-9 effort from beyond the arc.
MC made a few defensive adjustments and re-committed to the boards to rally toward a slim 26-25 halftime advantage. At the intermission, MC out rebounded Covenant 25-19 with more offensive boards (13) than defensive rebounds. Ten second-chance points put the host Scots up despite a 29% shooting effort (11-for-38) that included a 2-for-17 success rate from long-distance.
Maryville exploded and found their perimeter attack after dropping five treys in the third period. MC outpaced Covenant 21-9 allowing the visiting Scots only a 21% shooting effort from the floor.
Maryville finished the entire second half 14-for-27 (52%) from the floor while connecting on 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. MC's defense held the visiting Scots to a 9-for-29 shooting effort to preserve the tough league challenge.
Covenant (5-6, 1-1 USA South) was led by Bekah Walter's 20 points on 7-of-20 shooting. Kaley Hallmark added 13 points while Joanna Smith was strong on the boards with a game-high 15 rebounds.
Maryville (7-6, 3-0 USA South) pushed their winning streak to six with the USA South victory. Lauren Biliter and Rachel Hawn each posted a team-high 16 points to pace the Scots. Hawn went 8-for-12 from the floor while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Biliter went 6-for-10 from the floor including a pair of treys. Madison Maples dropped a trio of three-pointers finishing with 13 points. The senior guard added three rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals in the winning effort. Amber Hudgens tossed in eight points while grabbing five boards, dishing out four assists, blocking three shots, and recording a pair of steals. Elsa Eckenrod tossed in eight points while bringing down five boards. Haley Talbott completed MC's strong effort on the boards with seven rebounds.
Maryville will now prepare for a USA South road trip through Georgia next weekend. They will challenge Wesleyan College on Saturday and Piedmont College on Sunday. MC will return home on Tuesday, January 9th when they host Berea College at 7:00 p.m.