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Women Maintain Momentum, Clear .500 Plateau

January 29, 2012

Paige Laird  
Paige Laird battles for a loose ball Saturday in the Archers' 84-59 win over Penn Valley. Laird scored her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

















Following St. Louis Community College’s 76-74 win over Three Rivers College on Wednesday, head coach Shelly Ethridge offered that the win could bring a bit more stability to what has been a volatile season thus far.

Ethridge’s view held up nicely Saturday, as the Archers cruised to an 84-59 victory over Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley. Gone was the recent string of second-half collapses that cost STLCC three games this month and nearly Wednesday’s win. This time, the Archers gained a commanding, 13-point halftime lead and piled on from there.

Datona Ball  
Datona Ball drives around a Penn Valley
defender. Ball scored a double-double with
18 poins and 10 rebounds in the Archers'
84-59 win.

Freshman guard Cierra Gaines (Edwardsville) had the hot shooting hand for the second straight game, connecting on eight of her 13 shots from the floor, including both three-point attempts, en route to an 18-point afternoon. That total was matched by freshman guard Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) to lead the Archers. Paige Laird (Wesclin), who started for the second straight game,  collected her first career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, in her 28 minutes. Ball also gained a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds.

The win improved the Archers’ record to 9-8, moving them above .500 for the first time since they were 4-3 prior to a Dec. 7 loss to Mineral Area College.

The Achers’ recent success has been fueled by the team’s string of solid performances at home. STLCC has won five consecutive home games. They will look continue their winning ways as they return to the road tomorrow (Jan. 31) in a matchup against Lewis and Clark Community College.