Defense keys Grace’s first win of season

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A stout defensive effort propelled Grace’s women’s basketball team to a 68-51 victory at Cornerstone on Saturday.

The Lady Lancers (1-1) held Cornerstone to 29.5 percent shooting for the game, and Grace also earned a plus-8 advantage in rebounds.

Grace had to overcome a slow shooting start on Saturday. Within the first five minutes of play, Grace had already misfired on 10 shots.

Vironnica Drake and Brooke Sugg got Grace’s scoring started, combining for nine points in the first quarter. The teams ended the first quarter tied 11-11.

The Lady Lancers began to gain separation from the Golden Eagles (0-2) in the second quarter. Brielle Wilson buried a pair of 3-pointers, and Kyannah Stull hit another triple to give Grace a double-digit lead.

Grace led 32-25 at the halftime break despite shooting just 34 percent from the floor and 23 percent from beyond the arc.

Cornerstone found itself behind by at least 10 for the majority of the second half. Lauren Godfrey and Stull started the fourth quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers, putting the Lady Lancers ahead by 21.

The Golden Eagles never came closer than 17 points for the rest of the contest as Grace coasted to the road win.

Kaylie Warble produced a double-double, recording team-highs in points (13) and rebounds (11). Drake had a balanced afternoon with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, and Sugg added 11 points, 6 boards and 3 assists.

Stull tallied 8 points, 6 rebounds and a career-high 5 steals, and Kamryn Hostetler scored seven points.

For the game Cornerstone was held to 18-of-61 shooting, which included 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) from the 3-point line. Grace grabbed 19 offensive boards and outrebounded Cornerstone by eight.

The Lady Lancers are back on the road Tuesday, taking on Wright State-Lake at 5:30 p.m.