ST. LOUIS, Mo.— The Fontbonne University women's basketball team got back to the .500 mark in conference play after sweeping the regular season against MacMurray with a 69-50 win.
The Griffins (8-10; 5-5 SLIAC), shot 48.1 percent from the floor, forced 24 turnovers, and came away with 11 steals.
Individually, Raven Venegas went to work down in the paint and finished with a season-high 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rylee Stafford went 4-of-4 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line to conclude with 16 points, while Jillian Venegas contributed 11 of her own.
The Highlanders (2-17; 1-9 SLIAC), rounded out the night with a 33.3 field goal percentage, but did outrebound the Griffins 38-30. Off the bench, Chassidy Hays recorded a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Alexis Doyle was the final player in double-figures with 10.
In the first, it was back-and-forth play throughout but a 3-pointer from Stafford gave Fontbonne a 12-10 lead at the 2:05 mark. They closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run to take the 17-12 advantage.
In the second quarter, the home team came out shooting. They went 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from the field and 4-of-8 from downtown. Defensively, they forced eight more Highlander turnovers.
Fontbonne opened the first three minutes on a 9-0 run as Jillian Venegas' 3-pointer put them well out in front, 26-12.
Later, at 3:43, Hays hit both of her free throws to put MacMurray down 34-20. However, the Griffins finished out the final three minutes on a 9-4 run to own a 19-point (43-24) lead at the break.
In the third, the Griffins offense continued rolling along with Jillian Venegas making her layup to give them a 52-31 lead with 5:16 left. The team held onto its 20-plus point lead and headed into the fourth on top, 58-35.
In the fourth, the Highlanders outscored Fontbonne 15-11 but the Griffins were able to go on for the 19-point win.
The team now jumps out of conference play on Saturday when they'll hit the road to take on St. Mary-of-the-Woods. Tip-off at 1 p.m.
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