CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Bradley Central Bearettes opened up their title defense with a, 60-47, victory over the Baylor School from Duke Arena on Thursday night.
Anna Walker posted a team-high 21 points for the Bearettes as junior guard Jamaryn Blair pitched in with 14 of her own.
Baylor (0-1) got the scoring started just under a minute into the contest on a Bella White bucket. Bradley (1-0) answered with a 3-pointer just 20 seconds later from Alexis Barnes off a Jamia Williams assist to start the back-and-forth quarter.
The first quarter saw all three lead changes in the game early on. The Bearettes used a seven-point spurt by Walker to take a lead that Baylor could not overcome. The senior forward hit a pair of layups and had a conventional 3-point play to give Bradley a, 10-5, lead with 2:46 remaining in the quarter. The Red Raiders responded with a, 4-0, run to close out the quarter and Bradley went into the first break leading 15-14.
After trading buckets to start the second, Baylor tied it up with a Raegyn Conley three. The tie did not stay long as Blair answered with a 3-pointer of her own and Cambree Mayo pulled up for three forcing a Raider timeout with 5:35 left.
Baylor came out and traded points yet again and tied the ball game up for the final time at 28 with 2:41 left in the opening half on a pair of Erin Hughes free throws. On the next possession, Blair drew a foul and converted one of the two free throws to take the lead for good with 2:09 left in the half and Blair hit another bucket in the paint with 1:38 to give the Bearettes a 31-28 lead at the end of the first half.
The third quarter saw Bradley slowly begin to stretch their lead by as much as eight. Bradley used a five-point run off a Mayo three and Williams layup to take a 41-33 lead and force a Red Raider timeout. Baylor was able to close the gap to six to end the quarter and give the Bearettes a 46-40 lead heading into the fourth.
The hosts came out swinging in the final period cutting the lead to three off a White layup and Bradley answered big time. The Bearettes went on a 12-0 run started by a Blair basket with 5:45 left and ended with an Anna Muhonen free throw with 28 seconds to put the game away and give Bradley a 60-47 victory in their season opener.
Walker led the team with six rebounds in the contest as Mayo posted a team-high five assists. Williams copped a game-high five steals and Blair had five rebounds as Muhonen pitched in four boards of her own. Williams and Blair also had four assists each as Mayo and Blair both had three steals. Muhonen led all players with two blocks.
Bradley only turned the ball over twice in the contest as they forced 15 Baylor turnovers and outscored the Raiders 23-2 off turnovers. The Bearettes also controlled the game in the paint 24-18 and used a quick offense to outscore Baylor 32-4 on fastbreak points. Both team benches produced seven points each.
Bradley shot 21-for-44 (47.7 percent) overall and 38.9 percent (7-for-18) from 3-point range. The Bearettes were a calm 11-for-15 (73.3 percent) from the charity stripe in a game where they led for just over 27 minutes.
Baylor was paced by Conley who had 27 points. White was the next leading scorer with 10 as the two accounted for 37 of the teams 47 points. Mary Ann McKnight pulled down six rebounds and Conley pulled down five of her own to help the Raiders win the battle on the glass 23-20. Conley also drew 10 fouls which allowed her to go 8-for-10 from the line. Conley was 8-for-13 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the 3-point line.
Baylor as a team went 14-for-31 (45.2 percent) from the floor and 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Raiders also took advantage of their chances at the charity stripe shooting 77.8 percent (14-for-18) for the game.
Bradley returns home next Friday, Nov. 29, to take on Germantown in the 2019 La Quinta Inn Thanksgiving Tournament for their home opener beginning at 11 a.m.
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Bradley Central 60, The Baylor School 47
Bradley Central (60) (1-0)
Williams 2-4 4-6 9, Mayo 2-5 0-0 6, Blair 6-15 1-2 14, Barnes 1-3 0-0 3, Walker 8-12 3-3 21, Muhonen 2-4 3-4 7, Carman 0-1 0-0 0, Crittenden 0-0 0-0 0, Weber 0-0 0-0 0, Estrada 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 11-15 60.
The Baylor School (47) (0-1)
White 3-7 4-4 10, Barton 1-3 0-0 3, Conley 8-13 8-10 27, McKnight 0-3 0-0 0, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Restelli 1-2 0-2 3, Hughes 0-0 2-2 2, Collins 1-2 0-0 2, Yelton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-31 14-18 47.
Bradley Central 15-16-15-14_60
The Baylor School 14-14-12-7_47
3-Point Goals_Bradley Central 7-18 (Williams 1-3, Mayo 2-4, Blair 1-7, Barnes 1-1, Walker 2-2, Carman 0-1), The Baylor School 5-8 (Barton 1-2, Conley 3-3, Restelli 1-2, Collins 0-1). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Bradley Central 20 (Walker 6), The Baylor School 23 (McKnight 6). Assists_Bradley Central (Mayo 5), The Baylor School (Barton 2). Total Fouls_Bradley Central 17, The Baylor School 13.