11.2.21 LB FIile

Senior forward Jasmine Franklin celebrates during a Spring 2021 game.

The Lady Bears kicked off their season with their first exhibition game against the Missouri Baptist Spartans and a 107-33 victory. 

Senior forward Jasmine Franklin won the initial tip-off for the bears, but senior guard Brice Calip missed her first shot of the season.

After this miss, the Lady Bears went on a 10-0 run within the first three minutes of the game before the Spartans called a timeout at the 7:13 mark.

Junior Spartan guard Kamryn Mack ended the Bears 16-point run by draining a 3-pointer. 

Freshman guard Isabelle Delarue made her first field goal as a Lady Bear, putting up three more to make the score 27-5 at the end of the first quarter. 

Sophomore guard Paige Rocca hit her third 3-point shot of the night, putting the Bears up 30-7 by shooting at 52.4%.

The second quarter began with senior forward Abi Jackson picking up two points of her own with an assist by senior forward Abby Hipp. 

Jackson then returned the favor for Hipp, who gave the Bears another two points.

Mack went for three, looking to slowly cut away at the Bears lead but was rebounded by senior guard Sydney Wilson.

Wilson then made her layup which led to an and-one play due to a personal foul on Graduate center Joelle Atkins, making the score 54-13 at the half with a 16-2 run.

Senior guard Mya Bhinhar stole the ball from the Spartans and gave it to Hipp for a breakaway layup, taking the Bears to 67-13 within the first four minutes of the second half. 

Spartan freshman forward Boston Talley added two points with an assist from Mack, bringing the score to 89-27.

Delarue put the score to 102-33 with her 3-point shot, and Rocca followed by adding her fourth  3-pointer. 

The Lady Bears end their fast-paced night with a 107 point win. 

“We were all locked in the whole game and it’s great to see people shooting the ball confidently,” Hipp said as the Bears had a 56% FG. 

“I think people got their feet wet, gave them confidence,” Amaka Agugua-Hamilton said. “Everyone has to step up and be confident.” 

The Lady Bears will be back in action Friday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. against Lincoln in another exhibition contest.


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