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Second Half Powers Lewis Past Purdue Calumet, 91-76

12/11/2013, 5:24 p.m.
The Lewis University women's basketball team scored a season-high 54 points in the second half to spur the Flyers to ...

The Lewis University women's basketball team scored a season-high 54 points in the second half to spur the Flyers to a 91-76 victory over Purdue Calumet on Saturday at Neil Carey Arena.

The Flyers improve to 5-2 on the season while the Peregrines move to 7-4 on the year.

Lewis sophomore forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley led the squad with a career-high 31 points and 17 rebounds as well as two blocks and two steals. Junior forward Jess Reinhart also turned in a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Nikki Nellen posted a game-high seven assists and nine points for the Flyers.

Purdue Calumet put the Flyers into foul trouble early in the first half, which helped the visitors build an 10-point advantage at the 5:00 minute mark.

Lewis then went on a 15-3 to tie the game at 37-37 on a lay-up by Reinhart at the 1:34 mark. Reinhart paced the Flyers during the 3:30-minute run with five points.

Purdue Calumet's Cassidy Deno (10 points) made a jumper to give the Peregrines the 39-37 halftime advantage.

In the second half the Reinhart and Brawner-Henley took over the game, helping the Flyers score 28 points in the paint. Brawner-Henley scored 19 points while Reinhart tallied 16 in the half. Nellen dished out five of her seven assists in the second half while going 4-for-4 from the floor for nine points.

"Our intensity in the second half was better," Lewis head women's basketball coach Lisa Carlsen said. "When we do that, good things happen for us offensively."

"We did a good job in the second half adjusting to Purdue Calumet's style of play," Carlsen continued. "Purdue Calumet did a great job of getting themselves to the foul line, which we knew would be a big part of their game."

The Flyers came away with a season-high 48 rebounds, 22 assists and nine blocked shots. Lewis also turned in a season-low eight turnovers.

The Purdue Calumet offense was led by 17 points from Kami Graber while Patrice McBee collected a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Brooklyn Short chipped in 14 points and seven boards for the Peregrines.

Lewis has a 12-day break before hosting Lincoln-Memorial on Thursday (Dec. 19) at Neil Carey Arena. Tipoff is set for 5:30 PM.