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Houston Baptist cruises to homecoming win
Monday, Feb 4, 2002
By Steven Key


HOUSTON (BP)--Houston Baptist University raced out to an early big lead, and cruised to a thorough 129-66 Homecoming rout of Paul Quinn College on Saturday afternoon in Sharp Gym. HBU set a new single-game scoring record with the 129 points, as they shot a sizzling 69% from the floor.

HBU blitzed the Tigers with a game-opening 17-4 run, led by Cari Scaff (seven points) and Elinor Smith (six points). Paul Quinn would cut the lead to nine with back-to-back layups by the 15:49 mark, but the Huskies responded with 15-6 run that put the game out of reach early. A layup by Tonie Noise capped the run, giving HBU a 32-14 advantage with 12:08 yet to play in the first half.

Paul Quinn made one last run, cutting the lead to 34-22, behind four points from Katrina Simpson in an 8-2 spurt. The Huskies would answer yet again, outscoring the Tigers 20-5 over the next six minutes, with Noise, Erica Smith and Elinor Smith each contributing four points in the run, giving HBU a 54-27 lead with 3:48 to go before the break.

The Tigers closed the gap to 20 with a 7-0 spurt, but HBU responded with six unanswered points to end the half, and go into the locker room with a commanding 62-38 lead.

Jere' Adams scored 10 points in a 15-4 run to start the second half, as the Huskies began to pull further away from Paul Quinn, increasing the lead to 77-42 with 16:40 to go. HBU would continue to extend the lead, as Tiffany Andrews scored the next 10 points and Adams followed with five more to push the lead to 92-50 with 13:11 left.

Houston Baptist hit the century mark at the 9:34 mark on a layup by Elinor Smith. HBU closed the game by limiting the Tigers to just six points in the last 5:42.

All 11 players saw at least 10 minutes of action, and only four logged over 20 minutes. The Huskies shot a season-best 69% from the field, hitting 56-81 from the floor. The Huskies also shot 63% from the arc, and were very generous, assisting on 33 of the 56 made baskets.

HBU forced 32 turnovers and outrebounded the Tigers 48-27. The Huskies held the Tigers to just 39% shooting and had 21 steals.

The 129 points by the Huskies represented a new single-game school record, breaking the mark of 121 set against Dallas Christian in 1999-2000.

Seven players registered double-figures for HBU, led by Elinor Smith with 20 points, and also grabbed nine boards. Jere' Adams had 19 points and a team-high eight assists, while Cari Scaff had 17 points and seven assists.

Tiffany Andrews had 15 points, while Tonie Noise added her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and also added three blocks.

Erica Smith had a career-high 13 points, while Shawnaka Holland closed out the double-figure scoring with 11 points.

Katrina Simpson led the losing effort for Paul Quinn with 22 points and eight rebounds. Corrine Bruce had 19 points, including a 13-15 performance from the charity stripe, and Natasha Williams added 13 points.

Houston Baptist University is now 21-4 on the season, and improves to 10-0 in the Red River Athletic Conference. HBU extended its current winning streak to nine, and the home winning streak to 27.

The Huskies return to action on Monday night, facing Texas College in Sharp Gym. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm. Houston Baptist has already beaten Texas College once this season, defeating the Steers 84-56 on December 17 in Tyler.
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