Owensboro, Ky. – The IU Kokomo Women's Basketball team pushed forward in River States Conference play earning a 77-58 victory over the Brescia Bearcats on Saturday afternoon at the Moore Center.
Three Cougars scored in double figures with sophomore forward Tia Chambers leading the way with 21 points. Sophomore Sierra Peete added 16 points in the scoring category, while sophomore guard/forward Vanessa Mullins closely followed with 15 points. As a team, IU Kokomo shot 55.6 from the field, while holding Brescia to 28.8 percent.
The Cougars outrebounded the Bearcats 40 to 30, led by Tia Chambers and Sierra Peete each with six off the board. Defensively, IU Kokomo forced Brescia into 14 turnovers, also putting up two blocks and six steals.
"Our ladies put on a clinic in the first half and it was great sight to see. This was probably the best I have seen Sierra manage the game and be a scoring point guard. Vanessa is coming into her potential with an undeniable performance and Tia is beginning to adjust to other team's game plans against her and has put together two solid performances. Ally and Alec were great defensively for the team tonight and Jasmine is starting to let the game come to her. It was a great overall team win", said Head Coach Colie Shelwick.
The Cougars put together an impressive first half performance taking an 18-5 advantage at the end of the first quarter and a 38-17 lead going into the half.
Brescia rallied in the third quarter, going on an 8-0 run at the 3:50 minute mark to put the score at 46-28, while also taking a three-point scoring advantage, 24-21, over IU Kokomo heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.
The Cougars continued to put together a balance attacked, taking a 20-point lead with five minutes remaining in the contest. IU Kokomo would eventually seal a 77-58 victory over Brescia earning its second win in conference play this season.