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GREENVILLE -- After losing in the second game of the season to Greenville last year, the Millikin women's basketball team opened the season with revenge this year.

The Big Blue cruised to an 83-67 win over Greenville Friday behind 18 points from Devin Curry and Emily Schultz.

"It was kind of significant for us because Greenville won the conference last year in the NCA tournament and beat us by 10," Millikin coach Lori Kerans said. "I knew it was going to be a really good, early test of hard work in the offseason. I feel really good about it."

Millikin had five players in score in double figures. Freshman Jordan Hildebrand scored 13 points. Juniors Yanni Saddler and Cassie Somers each scored 11 points.

The Big Blue (1-0) shot 51 percent from the field including 33 percent from 3-point range. Greenville shot 46 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. 

"We were 51 percent from the field which I am really pleased with," Kerans said. "We committed 11 turnovers which is exceptional for this kind of competition."

Millikin forced Greenville into 17 turnovers.

But, Kerans knows her team needs to work on rebounding after being outrebounded 34-29 by the Panthers.

Kerans also wants to see her team take advantage of the free-throw line while not giving opponents easy buckets at the charity stripe.

"We didn't get to the line enough," Kerans said. "We attempted 17 free throws. Greenville attempted 26. That was because we had 24 fouls. Learning to not foul and keep opponents off of the free throw line is something to work on." 

Laura Goodnight led the Panthers will 11 points.

Millikin will face Westminster College on Saturday in the Greenville Invitational.


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