Maryville College sophomore Klaire Varney deposited a career-high 31 points to help the Scots defeat Averett University 71-57 in a non-conference challenge in Ferrum, Virginia on Tuesday afternoon.
Maryville held the lead much of the first quarter with six players scoring led by Libby Gardner's five points. The Cougars battled back with late free throws to take the first stanza 16-15.
The Scots closed out the first half outpacing the Cougars 21-10. MC tallied 15 points off 15 turnovers while getting 13 points off their bench. Averett out rebounded MC 23-16 but the Scots finished 40% from the floor (12-for-30).
At the intermission, Maryville led 36-26 behind Varney's 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting. Gardner added seven points after going 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Averett closed the gap in the third quarter taking a ten-point lead to four points before Varney closed the period with a driving layup. After three complete quarters, Maryville led 51-46.
The Scots closed with one of their best offensive quarters of the season. MC went 6-for-9 from the floor and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. Averett closed the gap to eight points at the 6:58 mark before back-to-back baskets by Elsa Eckenrod and Varney pushed the lead to a dozen. A Brooke McCurdy three-pointer gave MC a 65-50 advantage before Varney tallied her 11th point of the quarter to complete the 14-point victory.
Averett (5-5) was paced by Amani Ajayi's 15 points off the bench. Brooke Carthon added 14 points while Ravyn Johnson tallied a game-high 13 rebounds.
Maryville (4-6) used a 10-for-15 effort from Klaire Varney from the floor while the sophomore hit 11 -of-17 free throws to finish with a career-high 31 points. Varney added four steals, four assists, and three rebounds to her breakout performance. Elsa Eckenrod added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting while Shelby Hix led the Scots on the boards with five rebounds.
The Scots will take some time off for the Christmas break. Mc will return to action on Sunday, December 30th when they host Albion College (MI) at 2:00 p.m. in the Cooper Athletic Center.