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Women Extend Home Winning Streak to 14

November 30, 2012

Diamond Suggs  
The Archers Diamond Suggs tracks down a loose ball during their 76-52 win over Lindenwood-
Belleville University.














With 13 minutes remaining in the second half of Thursday night’s game against Lindenwood-Belleville University, Archers head coach Shelly Ethridge called what may have been her most pivotal timeout of the season to date.

After her Archers had seen another halftime lead vanish and the game tied 45-45, Ethridge had seen enough.

With second halves being a difficult obstacle for STLCC in early-season games, Ethridge was quick to reverse course. The move worked as the Archers reeled off a 19-3 run and didn’t look back in a 76-52 win.

“It was a concern of ours, but I’m glad the way they responded and started playing together with some passion, and the outcome was great,” Ethridge said.

Sophomore guard Datona Ball (Quincy, Ill.) paced the Archers with 19 points, and the Archers also received heavy production in the paint from sophomore forward Paige Laird (Wesclin) and the freshman forward tandem of Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central) and Chanel Gwynn-Williams (Hazelwood West).

The production from the Archers’ forwards freed up the perimeter for sophomore guard Kirstie Owen (Salem, Ill.), who connected on all three of her 3-point attempts. The Archers were five of nine from 3-point range on the evening.

The win stretched the Archers’ home winning streak to 14 games, dating back to Dec. 3, 2011. Ethridge, unaware of the streak following the win, summarized the Archers’ success simply.

“There’s no place like home.”

STLCC Women’s Classic to Benefit Toys for Tots

The Archers will look to continue their home success in the STLCC Classic Dec. 7-8. The six-game event will see the Archers take on Mid-South Community College (at 5 p.m. Dec. 7) and Shawnee Community College (at 3 p.m. Dec. 8). Illinois Valley Community College also will compete.

The classic is sponsored by STLCC Athletics and the Student Government Association, and will support a toy drive for Toys for Tots. All fans in attendance who bring a new toy to games on either day will receive an Archers T-shirt.