The Crowder Lady Roughriders started 2018 in style with a 99-56 win Wednesday night over Redlands (Oklahoma) at Bob Sneller Gymnasium.
The Lady ‘Riders used runs of 10-2 in the first quarter, 13-0 in the second, and 18–0 to end the third and start the fourth to build a commanding 76-40 lead.
Crowder knocked down 14 3-pointers, a new school record, eclipsing the 13 trifectas made by Crowder on November 21, 2015 in a 87-40 win over Rhema at Bob Sneller.
Crowder matched last season’s 12 wins in 17 fewer games and three players scored in double-digits Wednesday night and five more players scored at least seven points for the 12-4 Lady ‘Riders.
Crowder returns to action Saturday on the road against Iowa Western. In fact, the Lady ‘Riders do not return home until January 20 against Three Rivers.
“Coming back from Christmas break, our kids have been home for a while,” Crowder head coach Tina Wilson said. “We’ve been trying to get them back into game shape. They’re still not exactly where they need to be, but I thought we came out and played pretty well for our first game back. Obviously, the first three possessions of the game, if you wipe that, we played well. I’m not sure where we were at those first three possessions.
“I told the kids that I thought we could have done a better job boxing out second half and a better job of keeping their dribble penetration out of the paint, but I thought we did a good job, especially on the offensive end of attacking the 2-3 zone and making some open shots.”
Crowder’s previous high 3-point night this season was eight in a 78-74 win over Redlands in late November. The Lady ‘Riders topped that behind six treys by Tori Coulter and three each by Coley Ickes and Elle Williams, as well as two more by Morgan Crawford.
“We have kids that are very capable of making the 3-point shots,” Wilson said, “who maybe haven’t hit it as consistently as they’re capable of and hopefully, tonight will give them a little bit of confidence. I’m not sure how many threes we hit tonight. We hit several. Like I said, I thought we did a nice job of being patient and attacking, and not just taking that first quick shot right off the bat, which is something that we talked about. We got some easy looks on the inside, as well.”
Coulter led Crowder with a game-high 22 points and she caught fire in the second half with 21 of her points coming in the final 20 minutes. She hit all six of her threes after halftime, of course, with three in each quarter. Three of her six threes came during that 18-0 run late third and early fourth.
Alex Vogt did not have any 3-point shots or any shots outside the paint, for that matter, but she managed to come up with 15 points anyway. Her final points of the game gave Crowder a 53-31 lead early in the second half.
Williams hit a pair of threes to begin the fourth and end that 18-0 run with a 76-40 lead. She netted eight of her points in the fourth quarter.
Ickes hit all three of her trifectas in the first half and her first two early on in the first quarter, helping give Crowder an early spark after a slow start.
Michaela Mack added nine points, seven in the second half, with all her points on penetration (and one free throw).
Crawford scored all eight of her points in a concentrated 2-3 minute span early in the second quarter and she missed a free throw for a rare four-point opportunity.
Aubrie Ayers and Bethaney Gilkey each scored seven points, while fellow freshmen Sydney Linny and Maegan Bandimere each scored four.
Shamika Smith led Redlands with 19 points, while Dawnell Vann and Sydney Newberry each added 10 for a Redlands squad without sophomore Jamia Sheppard and freshman Kierra McGee on the floor, two key players who played in the 78-74 game between the schools.
Sheppard had 27 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists in that contest and shot 9 for 16 from the field, 3-4 from 3-point range, and 6-6 at the stripe.
McGee added 16 points.
Three Redlands players were in Wednesday’s game that did not play in the earlier contest.
Crowder played without birthday girl Zahria White on Wednesday — who had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in the first game against Redlands — and she received a “Happy Birthday” song from the Crowder faithful after the game. She’s expected to return to the Crowder lineup next week from a non-basketball medical situation of a delicate nature.
CROWDER 99, REDLANDS 56
Redlands 11 16 13 16 — 56
Crowder 18 27 26 28 — 99
REDLANDS (8-4) — Shamika Smith 19, Dawnell Vann 10, Dana Arce 6, Marianna Polvilla 2, Kylee Stewart 2, Raquel Lopez 4, Sydney Newberry 10, Carmen Green 3.
CROWDER (12-4) — Coley Ickes 9, Tori Coulter 22, Sydney Linny 4, Maegan Bandimere 4, Aubrie Ayers 7, Bethaney Gilkey 7, Michaela Mack 9, Morgan Crawford 8, Alex Vogt 15, Elle Williams 14.
3-point goals — Redlands 6 (Smith, Arce, Newberry 2), Crowder 14 (Coulter 6, Ickes 3, Williams 3, Crawford 2).