The Cedarville women’s basketball team hosted Trevecca Nazarene University Saturday afternoon and came away with a 69-59 victory. Sophomore power forward Kayla Linkous led the way with her third straight double-double as the Jackets continued their winning ways.
The Lady Jackets held the Trojans to just eight points in the first 10 minutes, but after being stymied offensively, the visiting team started knocking down threes, cutting the lead down to make it 19-17.
The score never got closer than that. The Jackets tightened up their perimeter defense and pounded the ball inside to Linkous and freshman center Breanne Watterworth, who both did a good job passing out of double teams to open shooters. The Jackets were 5-11 from downtown in the first half.
In the second half, the Trojans kept close, attempting to pressure the Jackets into turnovers. Linkous, junior guard Kaysie Brittenham and senior guard Raegan Ryan handled the ball well. Freshmen Abby Wolford drew fouls and got to the free throw line, converting five of six from the charity stripe, and she constantly broke the Trojan’s press.
Linkous finished the game with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Brittenham had a game-high 16 points. Ryan added 12 points and led the team with five assists.
After this game, the Lady Jackets sit at 15-2, including a perfect 6-0 in conference play, and they made program history last week. Cedarville received four top-25 votes from USA Today’s National Division II poll.
The Lady Jackets will be looking for their sixth straight win on January 22 at 5:30 p.m. at home against Ohio Valley.
Dave Guidone is a junior social studies education major and sports reporter for Cedars. His hobbies include eating, snacking, shooting hoops and laughing. Hebrews 13:8.