SIOUX CITY, Iowa | Hours after Southwestern (Kan.) University equaled the NAIA national tournament record for points in a game, second-ranked Davenport nearly matched it.
Hitting an astounding 67 percent of its shots the Panthers piled up 110 points, two shy of the national tournament record 112, in a 110-77 second-round win over 15th-ranked Purdue Calumet at the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships on Friday.
Tiesha Stokes, a 5-10 sophomore, scored 24 points on 9 of 10 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in the win that improved Davenport’s mark to 33-1.
The Panthers scorched the Tyson Events Center floor hitting 41 of 61 from the field and 9 of 17 from three-point range.
“She has the uncanny knack for scoring the ball around the rim,” said Davenport Coach Mike Williams of his sophomore scoring leader. “She’s got great body control, great hands and a soft touch, she gets it up on the rim and it usually goes in.”
Purdue Calumet, bowing out at 25-7, losses three seniors from a squad that registered the school’s first-ever national tournament victory.
Tierra Turner, one of those seniors, led the way for the Peregrines with 22 points while Brooklyn Short, another senior, added 13 points and Kami Graber, a junior, chipped in 12.
Davenport used a big 21-2 spurt midway through the first half, pushing a 28-18 lead to 49-20 and eventually settling for a 58-26 lead at halftime after converting 23 of 33 first half shots.
“First half was a combination of we made shots, we got some easy baskets, and they missed some shots,” said Williams an impressive 97-9 in three seasons at the Grand Rapids, Mich., school. “As you see the second half, that’s not very characteristic of that (Purdue Calumet) team.”
Davenport held the Peregrines to 22 percent shooting (7 of 31) in the first half. Both teams hit the offensive train in the second half with Davenport outscoring Purdue Calumet by a scant 52-51 margin.
Allison Bouman, a 6-4 senior, tallied 19 points and eight rebounds in the Davenport victory. Kia Frazier and Brittany Johnson also reached double figures with 10 points each for a team that returned only a part-time starter in Stokes from a national runner-up finish.
Davenport (33-1) is in the quarterfinals for the second straight season and third time in four years. The Panthers will play at 7 p.m. tonight against either seventh-ranked Hastings or 10th-ranked Indiana Wesleyan.