No. 2 Eagles turn Sweet 16

No. 2 Eagles turn Sweet 16

Wednesday, 21 November 2018 06:46 Jim Ecker MSR 

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Anasha Hurst of Kirkwood squeezes past Montana Briggs of South Australia during Tuesday night's game at Johnson Hall.  Hurst shared scoring honors with 16 points in a 93-72 victory. (MSR photo by Margaret O'Banion)

Anasha Hurst, Haley Mullinnix and Ashley Tull scored 16 points apiece Tuesday night to help the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles defeat South Australia, 93-72, in a women's basketball game at Johnson Hall.

The Australians tossed in nine 3-pointers in the first half and trailed by only one point, 38-37, at intermission.

Kirkwood poured in 33 points in the third quarter to take control at 71-57 entering the fourth quarter.

Hurst stuffed the box score with 16 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists. Mullinnix hit four 3-pointers as part of her 16-point performance. Tull grabbed seven rebounds to complement her 16-point outing.

Mackenzie Jenkins finished with 11 points and seven rebounds for Kirkwood. Paige Bradford contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Leah Robinson had eight points and nine rebounds.

Kirkwood raised its record to 4-3.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (72): Size 3 7-8 13, Briggs 1 0-0 3, Freer 6 0-0 13, Head 0 2-4 2, Brenton 4 0-0 11, Renshaw 4 0-0 12, Tatarelli 3 0-0 9, Hall 0 0-0 0, Njoroge 4 0-0 9. Totals 25 9-12 72.

KIRKWOOD (93): Jenkins 5 0-0 11, Gaston 1 2-3 4, Hurst 6 2-2 16, Mullinnix 6 0-0 16, Tull 7 2-5 16, Bradford 5 0-0 10, Kennedy 2 2-2 7, Myers 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Tomaszewski 0 0-0 0, Robinson 2 4-6 8, Mensen 2 0-0 5. Totals 36 12-18 93.

Halftime - Kirkwood 38, South Australia 37. 3-point goals - South Australia 13 (Renshaw 4, Brenton 3, Tatarelli 3, Briggs 1, Freer 1, Njoroge 1), Kirkwood 9 (Mullinnix 4, Hurst 2, Jenkins 1, Kennedy 1, Mensen 1).