BELLEVUE, Neb. -- Morgan Cuffe recorded a double-double and Jamie Winkler led six Bruins in double figures with 25 points as the (RV) Bellevue University women's basketball team continued their stretch of torrid offensive play with a 118-81 victory over College of St. Mary on Monday evening at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center in BU's home-opener.
(RV) Bellevue: 3-0
College of St. Mary: 0-3
Recap: (RV) Bellevue 118, CSM 81
Bellevue remained hot from the floor. The Bruins shot 54.1 percent (40-74) for the game, including 42.9 percent (15-35) from three, and 85.2 percent (23-27) at the free throw line.
The game was tight early before an 11-4 run that started midway through the first quarter put Bellevue up 20-9 on a three from Faith Ross with 1:59 to go.
Trista Merrival trimmed the Bruin lead to six points, 30-24, with a trey at the 6:52 mark of the second quarter but BU out-scored the visiting Flames 24-16 to take an 11-point lead into halftime.
The Bruins put the game away with a 19-3 run in the first 3:24 of the third quarter.
Winkler's 25 points were a game-high while Cuffe's double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds) was the first by a Bruin this season.
Merrival led CSM with 17 points. Keona Cadore added 13 with Lynsey Curran (12) and Ashley Nelson (10) also reaching double figures for the Flames.
BU out-rebounded CSM 44-24 on the night and forced the Flames into 20 turnovers, winning that battle by committing four fewer.
Bellevue hosts the four-team BU/NCC Classic beginning on Thursday, Nov. 1. The Bruins face Midland University at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.
- The 118 points were the most by BU against an NAIA opponent.
- Bellevue continues to lead the NAIA in scoring at 112.0 points per game through the season's first three games.