SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Hailey Diestelkamp established a single game scoring record with 42 points and propelled the 9th ranked Drury Lady Panthers to a 92-81 win over visiting Southwest Baptist Tuesday night at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Diestelkamp, a junior from Owensville, Missouri hit for 19 first-half points and added 23 after intermission to eclipse the old mark of 41 points in a game set by Alice Heinzler last season on Jan. 27 against William Jewell.
“Hailey’s so deserving of that record because she’s playing a different role and potentially taking this team on her back at times and we needed someone to step up…she kind of answered the call,” said Molly Miller, Drury head coach.
Diestelkamp was 16 of 28 shooting from the field and finished the eventful night with a double-double as she also pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
The game was far from easy for Drury, however, as the Bearcats took advantage of first-half foul problems for the Lady Panthers and held a 40-38 edge at the half, due in large part to 16 of 24 shooting from the free throw line.
For the game the two teams combined for a total of 55 personal fouls, with Drury finishing 20 of 27 from the line and Southwest Baptist 22 of 37. The Bearcats held a slight edge 48-47 in rebounds.
With the win, Drury improves to 3-0 on the young season with Southwest Baptist slipping to 1-2 overall.
The Lady Panthers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when they host Minnesota-Duluth in an 11 a.m. contest at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.