Posted: Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:38PM

Lady Panthers grab important conference road win

Springfield, Il. -- The Drury Lady Panthers have now won four of their last five with a 59-56 GLVC road victory over Illinois-Springfield Saturday.

The Lady Panthers now have a 12-11 record and moved to 6-9 in GLVC play.  Illinois-Springfield is 5-18 overall and 2-13 in the league.  The Prairie Stars have now lost their last six games.

The Prairie Stars came out shooting 75% in the opening five minutes of the game for a 9-4 advantage early.   The Lady Panthers struggled from the floor in the early part of first half going scoreless from the 6:21 mark until the 1:42 mark and finishing the half 9-of-21 for 42.9%. 

Drury battled back and took their first lead of the contest with 14:05 left in the game on a Katie Pritchard three-pointer to make it 36-34.  Drury never trailed the remainder of the game and led by as many as10 when Bethanie Funderburk scored at the 5:40 mark to make it 53-43. 

Drury had a balanced scoring with four double-figure scorers led by Pritchard with a team high 14.  Funderburk, Emilie Gray and Kalea Parks each finished with 13 points.
The Lady Panthers shot 49% from the floor on 24-of-49 while UIS finished at 41.2% on 21-of-51 shooting.  Drury outrebounded UIS 31-29, and committed 13 turnovers to the Prairie Stars 16. 

Megan Bergerud led the Prairie Stars in scoring with 19 points and Alyssa Palmer had 17.

Next up for the Lady Panthers will be their regular season home finale vs. William Jewell at the O'Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, February 21 at 5:30 p.m.

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