LEXINGTON, Ky. – With 31 points sophomore guard Katelyn Smith led all scorers and the Pioneers to their 12th straight victory 101-66. With this win, the Pioneers moved one step closer to the all-time best win streak of 13 games in a row. In addition to her 31 points, Smith grabbed three rebounds and dished out three assists.
"We moved the ball well tonight on the offensive end and did a good job of finding their shooters," remarked Head Coach Greg Todd after tonight's game.
The game started in favor of the Pioneers who pressed and passed their way into early lead. Opening the way was a three-person attack by Smith and junior guards Nicole Coffman and Madisen Webb. Early, and well throughout the first half, shots were falling well for the Pioneers who hit 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
"We moved well and made shots from a variety of areas," noted Coach Todd in response to his team's perimeter shooting.
Going into halftime the game was in favor of the Pioneers who scored 47 in the first half, 43 of which were scored by Smith, Coffman, and Webb, who all shot a combined 6-of-8 from the three-point line.
The second half was much like the first and was filled with quiet scoring that quickly moved the Pioneers beyond range for Earlham. The second half saw many outlet passes and easy layups in favor of the Pioneers. Despite the high-scoring attack, the Pioneers did not make a single second-half three pointer.
Statistically, the contest touted a strong Pioneer's performance, featuring a 31-, 27-, and 17-point scoring from the team. To go along with these numbers were 48 rebounds, 19 assists, four blocks, and seven steals for the Pioneers.
"We are trying to become a better team every day in practice and each game make improvements," noted Coach Todd.
Leading the Pioneers alongside Smith were Coffman and Webb who had 17 and 27 points, respectively. Webb, who is only one week removed from her triple-double, nearly had the Pioneers' second triple-double of the past decade, finishing the night with 4:47 left on the clock and a stat line that read 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, one block, and two steals. Webb is the current HCAC Player of the Week and is looking to defend that honor this week with her continued dominance in conference.
Coffman also recorded a stellar outing with 27 points, six rebounds, four assists, and a steal. With her first five points of the night, Coffman moved into 13th on the all-time scoring list and finished within 54 points of the top 10.
Contributing well for the Pioneers was sophomore forward Alex Botkin who nearly posted a double-double with eight points and eight rebounds. Also aiding the Pioneers in the victory was junior forward Alex McKenzie, who grabbed seven rebounds and scored five points.
The Pioneers' next game is Saturday, Jan. 18 against Bluffton at 2 p.m. at the Beck Center in Lexington, Ky.