Cinderella Story Continues as Lady Flyers Advance

Posted: March 5, 2011 in News
Kady Currin

Senior guard Kady Currin showed great endurance playing the entire game. She contributed 12 points and 5 assists in the Flyer's second consecutive GLVC Tournament upset win (GLVCSports.com)

The upset streak for the Flyers has reached two victims as No. 6  Lewis University (13-15) defeated the Panthers by a final of 62-55 Friday night.

Lewis advanced to play Drury (19-9) after first defeating Missouri S&T 79-74 in overtime in the opening round. That game was played in Rolla, MO and at the time was thought to be just a good road win.

It is clear Lewis has taken it’s time but now is finally peaking as a team. The Flyers did almost everything well against the Panthers. The team shot 43.8% (21-48) from the floor, including an astounding 64.7% (11-17) from distance. Despite being outrebounded, especially on the offensive glass 15-7, the Flyers were able to shoot their way out of any issues.

The veterans paved the path to victory for Lewis. Senior point guard Kady Currin was the only player in the game to play all 40 minutes. She was one of three Flyers to lead the team with 12 points along with senior forwards Jenny Turpel Kelly Monaco. Sophomore Labrinthia Murdock was the fourth Flyer with double-digit points, scoring all of her 10 in the second half.

Three pointers were a big story in this game as well. Not only for Lewis but Drury as well. The first half featured a back and forth battle of raining treys. Lewis dropped 8 of 11 attempted three pointers in the first half, while Drudry drained 5 of its 14 tries. The teams combined for a streak with consisted of nothing but back and forth threes for five possessions.

With a 28-27 lead at halftime, Lewis never looked back. The Flyers never trailed in the second half. The closest Drury got to taking the lead was when the game was tied at 36-36 with 13:50 remaining in regulation.

Panther senior guard and All-GLVC First Teamer Ja’Nell Jones had a solid game offensively. She scored 15 points to lead Drury. GLVC Freshman of the Year Bethanie Funderbunk scored her 8 points in the first half while junior Erica Groose chipped in her 8 points in the game’s second half.

The victory sets up a GLVC North battle Saturday night between Lewis and No. 2 Wisconsin-Parkside (22-5) for the rights to advance to the conference championship game Sunday. The Rangers took both regular season contests from the Flyers, 73-61 on Feb. 4 in Kenosha, WI and 63-51 on Feb. 12 in Romeoville, IL. The semifinal matchup is set to begin at 6:00pm CST.

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