Orlando, FL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team used a combination of the second and third quarters to run past Mount Ida College of Massachusetts 87-46 Monday in their first game at the RDV Sportsplex Classic.
The 41-point margin was Beloit's largest since they defeated Mt. Mary College 93-21 on December 9, 2011. It didn't start that way, though.
The Bucs shot 22% (6-27) in the opening quarter but still led the Mustangs 19-16. They shot slightly better in the second period, well enough to out-score MIC 30-4 to take a 49-20 advantage at the break.
The onslaught continued in the third quarter with the Bucs holding a 22-9 advantage for a 52-13 20-minute run that made it 71-29. Beloit coasted through the final period for the win.
The Bucs finished shooting 37.6% for the game (32-85) but, more importantly, forced 28 Mt. Ida turnovers, turning them into 32 points. They grabbed 62 rebounds as a team, the second-most in Beloit history and their eight three-pointers in the contest tied for the fourth-most. The Mustangs shot 30.2% (16-53) for the game.
Laura Panicali scored 20 points to lead the way while also grabbing eight rebounds. Lana Wieseman had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Shelby Kline 14 points and a career-high seven rebounds and four assists. She also had five steals. Jaylan Dunn added a career-best 10 points while Kelsey Horvath had five assists and seven steals, the third-most in Buccaneer history.
The Buccaneers have a day off Tuesday before taking on sixth-ranked Hope College on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT.