BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- On a night in which they shot over 50 percent from the floor and drained 14 threes the Bellevue University women's basketball team rolled to a 95-45 victory over Randall University at the OKWU Classic on Friday afternoon at the Mueller Sports Center.
(RV) Bellevue: 1-0
Recap: Bellevue 95, Randall 45
Bellevue scored the first 10 points of the game and never led by less than double-digits from the midway point of the second quarter to kick off the program's third season of play with a 50-point victory.
A pair of free throws from Laura Jurek at the 4:44 mark of the first quarter capped a 10-0 BU run to open the game. Madi Chalfant finally put Randall on the board with a basket at the 4:19 point of the period.
BU led by seven, 15-8, after one quarter of play and a trifecta by Kenzie Ezekiel to open the second period saw the Saints trim the lead to just four.
The Bruins responded by going on a 14-2 run which featured eight points from Faith Ross to take a 16-point lead with 3:51 to play in the first half. By halftime Bellevue led 38-20.
Bellevue turned it on in the second half, out-scoring Randall 26-13 in the third quarter and 31-12 in the fourth to secure the third-largest margin of victory in program history.
Ross led a trio of Bruins in double figures with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting and sank five her eight three-point tries. Elexis Martinez added 18 points on a 6-of-11 shooting effort and went 6-of-9 from the charity stripe. Jurek dropped in 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and went 3-of-4 from the line.
As a team BU shot 50.8 percent (33-65) from the floor, 42.4 percent (14-33) from three, and 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free throw line.
Bellevue out-rebounded Randall by a comfortable 51-32 margin, led by Martinez's six boards.
The Bruins defense forced the Saints into 30 turnovers and blocked four shots.
Randall struggled to a 27.9 percent (17-61) shooting night from the field and drained just 2-of-13 three-point attempts. They were led by Kenzie Ezekiel's 12 points and four rebounds. Hayli Hoffman and Jai'Lynn Anderson added nine and eight points, respectively, in the loss.
Bellevue is back in action tomorrow when they wrap up play at the OKWU Classic against Central Christian College of the Bible (0-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
- Bellevue is now 2-1 all-time in season-openers.
- The 95 points were the second-most in program history (96 vs. Grace, Nov. 2 2016).
- The 14 three-pointers were also the second-most in program history (17 vs. St. Gregory's, Oct. 28, 2017).