Beavers continue early hot stretch

CARLINVILLE (Dec. 14, 2017) – Blackburn got off to a good start Saturday and went on to win their fourth straight game, improving to 5-1 with a 78-61 win over Eureka at home.

The Beavers are also 3-0 in conference play. They shot the three-point ball at a 54 percent clip in the first half in building a lead of 38-32. They were able to pull away in the second half to topple their in-state conference foes.

Blackburn got 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists from Savion Smith, while Duncan King added 12 points. Three others had nine points each – Nigel Ferrell, Malcom Scott and Jamaya Wyatt.

The Beavers were just 31 of 73 from the field and seven of 18 at the foul line, but out-rebounded Eureka 52-38.

Hank Thomas of Eureka had a game-high 18 points. They shot 22 of 63 from the field.

Women’s Basketball

Neb. Wesleyan 87, Blackburn 47

Thursday night’s home non-conference affair had Nebraska Wesleyan outdistancing itself from the Beavers.

Blackburn (1-6) trailed 27-15 after a quarter and 42-28 at half. They were outscored 31-6 in the third quarter.

Kate Smith had seven points to lead Blackburn. Mt. Olive’s Brianna Henke started and scored four points with three rebounds and an assist. The Beavers were 21-67 from the field and just three of nine at the foul line, with 30 turnovers.

Addie Wetzel had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Kate Schulte 10 points and nine boards for Nebraska Wesleyan (6-2), which was 32 of 79 from the field and 16 of 21 at the foul line with 19 turnovers.

Eureka 71, Blackburn 54

In Saturday’s conference game, Eureka allowed just 12 first half points in pulling away from the Beavers.

Blackburn (1-7, 0-3) trailed 36-12 at half before outscoring the visitors 42-35 in the second half.

Smith had 13 points and five rebounds, while Maria Cline added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers, who were 21 of 64 from the field and 10 of 15 at the foul line.

Hayley Reneau had 19 points and five assists, while Kennedy Dura had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for Eureka (4-4, 2-1).

Knox 65, Blackburn 42

The Beavers shot just 20 percent for the game from the field (15 of 73) and were defeated at home for their eighth straight defeat.

Smith scored 11 points  and Jenna Dudra added 10 points. Henke had three rebounds in the game.

Jarrelyn McCall had 20 points and nine boards for Knox College (6-2).