(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – Senior forward Nicole Caddell became the 24th player in Jennies basketball history to score 1,000 points, as the No. 11 Central Missouri Jennies kicked off a four-game road swing with a 77-67 victory over the Lincoln Blue Tigers. Caddell reached 1,000 points in just her 74th game, becoming the third-fastest player to reach the milestone.
The Jennies (16-2, 8-2 MIAA) started off cold, falling behind 9-2 in the opening minutes. In the first half, The Jens shot just 23.5% (8-34) from the field, but were able to find their shot after the break, finishing with a 37.1% (23-62) shooting percentage on the night.
Central Missouri climbed back from their early deficit with a 9-2 run of their own, capped off by Keuna Flax’s three-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 11-11. Both sides traded scores until Lincoln put together another run, going ahead 22-13 with help from LU’s Dahlia Booker, who scored five straight to put her team in front.
The Blue Tigers (9-10, 4-7 MIAA) took their largest lead of the night before the half, with a pair of free throws from Freddie Sims that made it a 24-13 Lincoln edge with 7:00 remaining in the first half. The Jennies used a 12-2 run to close the gap again, with four different Jennies scoring as the team started to find their shot. The Jens went into the half trailing 31-27.
A strong run to open up the second half pushed the Jennies in front, as Brielle Wattley knocked down the three-pointer to give UCM their first lead of the night at 32-31 with 19:22 on the clock. Lincoln briefly claimed a one-point advantage on the next possession, but Flax’s layup at 18:48 put the Jennies in front for good. UCM used a 13-4 run, capped off by one of Wattley’s three treys on the night, as the Jens built a 45-37 lead with 13:51 to play.
Lincoln would pull within two points midway through the second half, but each time the Jennies answered on the next possession. Lewis would give the Jens a double-digit advantage with one of her two three-pointers on the night, putting UCM ahead 63-53 with 6:49 to play. The Jennies would hold at least a six-point lead the rest of the way to close out the win.
Two Jennies finished with double-doubles, led by Flax’s game-high 22 points along with 11 rebounds. Caddell recorded her team-leading seventh double-double of the year, with 20 points and 15 rebounds, just one board shy of her career high of 16. Lewis and Quinnecia Twine both scored in double figures, with 13 and 10 points, respectively.