JBU women push tempo in blowout of Ec­cle­sia

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Mike Capshaw Staff Writer mcap­shaw@nwadg.com

“Go, go, go!” was coach Jeff Soderquist’s re­ac­tion to most ev­ery de­fen­sive re­bound or turnover forced by John Brown Univer­sity’s women’s team dur­ing Satur­day night’s sea­son opener.

The No. 12 Golden Ea­gles (1-0) pushed an up-tempo at­tack to the tune of a 116-37 win against Ec­cle­sia Col­lege at Bill Ge­orge Arena. It re­sulted in a 12-0 run to be­gin the game and a 11-0 run to be­gin the sec­ond quar­ter as they scored 28 fast-break points dur­ing the lop­sided vic­tory.

The point to­tal was the most since a 124-51 vic­tory over Crow­ley’s Ridge last sea­son. As a team, JBU tied a school record with 39 as­sists while forc­ing the Roy­als into 27 turnovers.

“We re­ally picked it up last year with this group by re­ally up­ping the tempo,” Soderquist said. “We set the school record for most points and most points av­er­aged, so we’re try­ing to keep that go­ing right there.”

JBU shot a siz­zling 58.2 per­cent from the floor led by new­comer Ka­rina Chan­dra, who was 9 of 13 shooting for a game-high 24 points in 18 min­utes off the bench. The Aus­tralian na­tive was 6 of 9 from three-point range to go along with three as­sists and two steals.

“She is very good,” Soderquist said. “She’s kind of new try­ing to fit in and un­der­stand­ing our sys­tem and all of that, but we knew com­ing in she would be a great three-point shooter and she’s also a great passer.

“Just try­ing to get her play­ing

con­sis­tently on de­fense, but she adds a lot to us, es­pe­cially to a team that led the na­tion last year in all three-point cat­e­gories, so we add her to that mix and that’s re­ally go­ing to help us.”

Siloam Springs na­tive Baily Cameron was 10 for 15 from the field to be­gin her ju­nior cam­paign with 21 points in just 19 min­utes. Sopho­more Jor­dan Martin (Ben­tonville) con­trib­uted 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

“Of course, Baily was very good and we had sev­eral oth­ers play very good for us,” Soderquist said. “Martin has kind of been

My big thing with this game was want­ing to keep fo­cused through­out the game. I thought we did that and some­times, games like this can get sloppy and I don’t think it did. Our depth ob­vi­ously showed tonight. Jeff Soderquist JBU women’s bas­ket­ball coach

in­jured for us this fall. She hasn’t been able to play in the scrim­mages, so it was re­ally good to see her come out and get dou­ble dig­its for us.”

Se­nior Jana Scham­mel hit three, three-point­ers to fin­ish with 11 points and K.J. Roh added eight points on 4-of-6 shooting. Soderquist also ap­plauded the per­for­mance of Ally Teague, a sopho­more from Ber­ryville who had 10 points and seven re­bounds.

“I thought Ally Teague came off the bench for us and played well af­ter not play­ing much last year,” Soderquist said. “Rosa (Orpa) was out sick, so I thought Ally stepped up and played re­ally well in her place.”

JBU limited Ec­cle­sia (12) to 22.2 per­cent shooting from the field. The Golden Ea­gles led by as many as 79 points in the sec­ond half as the arena be­gan fill­ing up for the an­nual “Toi­let Paper Game” that fol­lowed, cre­at­ing a wild at­mos­phere down the stretch.

“My big thing with this game was want­ing to keep fo­cused through­out the game,” Soderquist said. “I thought we did that and some­times, games like this can get sloppy and I don’t think it did. Our depth ob­vi­ously showed tonight.”

Ec­cle­sia (1-2) was led by Ha­ley Gre­sham with 16 points while Emily Chad­well chipped in 13 points and three as­sists.

The Golden Ea­gles were sched­uled to re­turn to ac­tion Tues­day at Bene­dic­tine (Kan.). Re­sults were not avail­able at presstime. JBU re­turns to the court at 6 p.m. Satur­day at Evan­gel (Mo.). John Brown 116, Ec­cleisa 37

Ec­cle­sia 12 8 11 6 — 37 John Brown 28 32 34 22 — 116 Ec­cle­sia (0-1): Gre­sham 16, Chad­well 13, Smith 3, Stallings 3, McGraw 2.

John Brown (1-0): Chan­dra 24, Cameron 21, Martin 12, Scham­mel 11, Teague 10, Fer­gen 9, Roh 8, Skrastina 7, Wil­liams 7, Fine 5, Reece 2.

Photo cour­tesy of John Brown Univer­sity

John Brown sopho­more Jor­dan Martin (12) shoots over the Ec­cle­sia de­fense dur­ing Satur­day’s sea­son opener at Bill Ge­orge Arena.

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