When the home team makes 27 of 31 free throws and visiting team makes only 12 of 21, that generally means a win for the home squad. That was the case Saturday afternoon as the Culver-Stockton (C-SC) Wildcats held off Peru State 80-72 in Canton, Mo.
The Bobcats actually shot better from the floor than the Wildcats, but C-SC won the game from the free throw line giving them their 15th win of the season against 11 losses. The Wildcats are now 11-10 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart).
Peru State suffered their 21st loss of the year with only two wins. The Bobcats are 1-18 in conference play.
First Quarter Action
Culver-Stockton scored the first four points of the game before Allison Tichy (Bellevue) hit a trey off an assist from Keaundra Washington (Omaha) at the 8:23 mark. Washington would then follow with a trey of her own to give the Bobcats their first lead of the game at 6-4. The Wildcats would then go on a 14-5 run to lead 18-11 before Claire Cudney (Marysville, Mo.) hit a bucket off an assist from Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) with 35 seconds left in the quarter. C-SC would lead 18-13 after the first ten minutes.
Second Quarter Action
At the 7:05 mark in the second period, Daspin Bruning (Everest, Kan.) hit a three-pointer off an assist from Cudney to tie the game at 20-20. Peru State had its largest lead of three at 25-22 after Maeda hit a bucket. After that, it was downhill for the Bobcats as the Wildcats would outscore Peru State 13-1 to lead 35-26 at the halftime break.
Third Quarter Action
The Wildcats would have its largest lead of the game of 15 at 48-33 with 3:46 before Maeda hit a bucket. Later, Peru State would pull within nine at 52-43 after Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) hit a bucket off an assist from Bruning with 1:08 left in the quarter. C-SC would hit a two-pointer to end the quarter leading 54-43.
Fourth Quarter Action
Silva started the quarter with a pair of free throws and then Cudney made one of two charity attempts and suddenly the Bobcats were back within eight at 54-46. The Wildcats would lead by as many as 12 with about five minutes left in the game. With 4:00 left on the clock, Peru State had pulled within six at 65-59 after Silva hit a bucket in the paint. C-SC would again stretch its lead back to 12 and would eventually hold off the Bobcats. Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue) hit a trey with five seconds left to make the final score 80-72.
Team Statistics
Peru State outshot the Wildcats from the floor as they made 26 of 63 attempts for 41.3% which included making 8 of 17 from long range for 47.1%. The Bobcats made 12 of 21 free throws for 57.1%. Culver-Stockton was 26 of 73 field goals for 35.6% and really struggled from three-point range as they hit 1 of 17 for 5.9%. The Wildcats won the game from the free throw line making 27 of 31 tries for 87.1%.
The Wildcats had a slight rebounding edge grabbing 47 boards compared to 41 for Peru State. The Bobcats had 13 assists while C-SC finished with six. Peru State did have trouble handling the ball as they finished with 17 turnovers, more than double than the Wildcats which finished with eight.
C-SC blocked five shots while the Bobcats blocked three. The Wildcats finished with ten steals while Peru State had three.
Peru Player Statistics
Three Bobcats finished in double figures. Marsh-Contreras came off the bench to score 15 points while Silva and Bruning each added 14. Tichy and Maeda each finished with nine.
Cudney had a game-high 14 rebounds while Silva added seven and Bruning grabbed six. Marsh-Contreras dished out four assists with Cudney handing out three.
Silva, Washington, and Cudney were each credited with one block. Washington, Cudney, and Bruning each had one steal.
Upcoming Contests
It will be a busy week for Peru State as they will play three games due to a postponement from last week.
On Monday, the Bobcats will play their postponed game with MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., at 5:30 p.m. The sixth-ranked Pioneers are 20-4 overall and 17-3 in the Heart.
The next two games will be at home. Peru State will host Missouri Valley on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. The Vikings are 11-14 overall and are even in the Heart with a 10-10 mark. Auburn Public Schools and the Peru State staff will be recognized between games that evening.
On Feb. 16, Mount Mercy will be the opponent for Senior Day and the Foundation's INSPRO Day. The teams will tangle at noon. The Mustangs are also struggling this year and are 5-21 overall and 1-19 in conference play.