February 1st, 2018

Bellarmine women take down Quincy

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Bellarmine women take down Quincy
photo provided by Bellarmine athletics

When it comes to launching 3-pointers, Allison Van Dyke typically picks her spots. In the second half Thursday in Knights Hall, the Bellarmine University sophomore forward took advantage of every opportunity presented to her.

Van Dyke buried four of Bellarmine's 10 3-pointers in the second half as the suddenly scorching Knights pulled away from Quincy in what had been a tight Great Lakes Valley Conference contest for a lopsided 79-60 victory.

Van Dyke scored a career-high 14 points and sophomore guard Katie Downey added a career-high 15 points for Bellarmine (12-9, 7-5 GLVC), which has won three of four. Senior guard Raven Merriweather and sophomore guard Mikayla Berry chipped in 12 points apiece against the Hawks (7-14, 3-9), and freshman guard Breia Torrens match her career high with 10.

Shooting-wise, Bellarmine had a complete reversal of fortune from one half to the next. The Knights shot a frigid 29.7 percent over the first two quarters but sizzled in shooting 54.1 percent over the last two frames. The difference was even more striking from the 3-point line: Bellarmine shot 18.2 percent (2 for 11) before halftime and 58.8 percent (10 of 17) after the intermission. The 12 triples was a season high.

"We were getting good looks. I thought we only forced a few shots in the first half," Bellarmine Coach Chancellor Dugan said. "They stayed with it and moved the ball."

Indeed, Bellarmine collected only four assists in the first half but finished with 17. The Knights also forced Quincy into 23 turnovers and carried a decisive 26-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

"I thought our pressure wore them down a little bit," Dugan said.

The barrage of 3-pointers may have been demoralizing too. With 4:25 left in the third quarter, Quincy took a 34-33 lead, but Van Dyke followed with the second of her three trifectas in the period, and Bellarmine never trailed again. Her third 3-pointer of the frame gave the Knights the lead for good.

Bellarmine drilled 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc in the stanza. The Knights didn't cool off much in the fourth, sinking five of their 10 shots from deep. Less than two minutes into the period, Van Dyke's fourth triple of the contest provided Bellarmine a double-digit lead. She finished 4 of 5 from 3-point land.

"(Van Dyke) had a great game," Dugan said. "I thought she brought a lot of energy when she was out there."

Berry followed a long-range basket with a layup off a feed from Torrens, and senior forward Beth Bowers proceeded to bump the advantage to 20 with a lay-in. The Knights shot 60 percent in the final quarter and finished with a 46-16 superiority in bench points.

Bellarmine hosts Illinois Springfield at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday.


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