ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's basketball team shot a season-high 50.0 percent from the floor on Saturday, allowing them to cruise to the 88-60 win over Blackburn.
Fontbonne (5-1; 2-0 SLIAC), also shot 47.6 percent from downtown which was just off its season-high mark of 47.8 percent.
Individually, Paige Black was unstoppable in the first half netting 20 points and finishing with that amount on 8-of-14 shooting.
Blackburn (1-5; 0-2 SLIAC), never got its offense going against the Griffins press, finishing with 25 turnovers. Off the bench, Elisabeth Johnston led with a team-high 12 points. Kate Smith was the final player in double-figures with 11.
In the first quarter, Fontbonne took a 12-2 lead out of the gate on Black's 3-pointer. The team stayed in control the rest of the way, stretching its lead out to 28-13 after one. Fontbonne shot an impressive 58.8 percent from the floor and were led by Black's eight points in the first.
It was more of the same story in the second quarter. At 8:18, Black made another 3-pointer to give them a 35-15 advantage. Later, with 4:13 to go, Katie Sportsman sank her lay-up and that put the Griffins well out in front at 46-19. Fontbonne dominated the rest of the way and headed into the locker room on top, 53-26.
In the third, Fontbonne had its struggles from the floor shooting just 23.1 percent. However, despite being outscored 17-14 in the third, the Griffins still held Blackburn to a 28.6 field goal percentage and forced seven more turnovers to lead 67-43 going into the fourth.
In the final quarter, Johnston's made bucket cut the deficit down to 69-50 with 7:53 to go. The Griffins, however responded on Sarah Schraut's made 3-pointer to put the lead back out at 22 (72-50).
With the Griffins bouncing back shooting 50.0 percent from the floor in the fourth that proved to be more than enough with Fontbonne going on for the 28-point win.
The team will now head down the road next Saturday as they'll take on rival Webster. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the women's basketball team.