The Maryville College women's basketball team remained atop the USA South Western Division standings with a three-way tie for the league title after a 78-32 home victory over Wesleyan College (Ga.) on Friday evening.
The Scots forced 29 turnovers and converted 23 points off the many Wolves' miscues. Maryville's 51-38 rebound advantage led to an additional 11 second-chance points. MC dominated in the paint dropping 36 points. Maryville's bench also stepped up with 35 points led by Klaire Varney's 11.
Maryville went to the intermission with a 32-20 lead.
In the first half, the Scots shot 43% from the floor (7-for-16) but could not find their perimeter attack going 2-for-7 from beyond the arc. MC's defense outrebounded Wesleyan 23-17 and held the visitors to only a 23% shooting effort from the floor.
Maryville turned up their intensity in the second half out-scoring Wesleyan 46-12 to close out the victory. Wesleyan finished the game 9-for-57 from the floor (15%) including a 2-for-14 effort from long distance.
Wesleyan (4-14, 0-10 USA South) was led by TK Blount's 13 points off the bench. The Wolves did finish strong at the charity stripe going 12-for-13 (92%) for the game.
Maryville (15-8, 10-2 USA South) was paced by Rachel Hawn's 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The senior post player added seven boards in the win. Klaire Varney went 3-for-6 from the floor while dropping 4-of-4 from the free throw line for 11 points. The freshman added four rebounds, three assists, and a pair of steals. Madison Maples tossed in nine points with Elsa Eckenrod adding eight points and six rebounds off the bench. Libby Gardner, Lauren Biliter, and Amber Hudgens each deposited seven points. Gardner recorded a team-high four steals. Hudgens hauled down five boards while Biliter had eight rebounds and a game-high four blocked shots.
Maryville will conclude their regular season schedule on the road. MC will travel to Berea College Tuesday, February 6th and finish their USA South schedule at Agnes Scott College on Friday, February 9th.