DECATUR -- The Millikin women's basketball team defeated North Central College 73-70 at the Griswold Center on Wednesday to win their first College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game this year.
Millikin (6-15, 1-11) took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and held off a late North Central (5-17, 3-10) charge to win the game. The Big Blue lead 12-8 after the first quarter and 31-21 at halftime.
"We celebrated today National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we had a ceremony at halftime it's an opportunity to learn what women had to do to have an opportunity in athletics and fitting for us to have the opportunity to gain our win," Millikin women's coach Lori Kerans said.
Devin Curry led Millikin with 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Yanni Saddler had 16 points followed by Cassie Somers with 12. Freshman Jordan Hildebrand added 11 points and Emily Schultz had eight points and 10 rebounds.
"The key to the game for us was we really came out of the gate well, we played confidently on both offense and defense and took a 10-point lead at halftime," Kerans said. "I thought we did maybe the best job we have all year taking care of the ball with only 13 turnover against a team that pressed the entire game."
Millikin men and women host Augustana Saturday for the PINK game.
Millikin men get Scherer win at Elmhurst
ELMHURST -- The Millikin men's basketball team scored a road conference victory downing Elmhurst College 87-70 on Wednesday.
Millikin (11-11, 4-9) never trailed in the game. Elmhurst tied the game late in the first half, but the Big Blue took a 39-37 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Big Blue opened the second half strong and used a 27-9 run to go up 66-46 with 8:28 left in the game.
Zach Fisher led Millikin with a career-high 33 points and knocked down six 3-pointers. Elijah Henry had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Michael Beaty had 17 points and a career-high eight assists along with four steals.
The victory gave Millikin Head Coach Mark Scherer a win in his first trip back to Elmhurst. Scherer coached the Bluejays for 17 seasons before retiring four years ago.