PERU – It was a historic night of sorts in the Al Wheeler Activity Center (AWAC) Friday night when the Peru State women’s basketball team defeated the visiting York Panthers 87-70.
The first bit of history was that the win broke a 25-game losing streak which went back to Nov. 17, 2017, when the team topped Bellevue 59-50 at home.
The second part of history was that the 87 points were the most scored by a Bobcat women’s team in over two years when Peru State lost to the College of St. Mary 91-87 on Nov. 4, 2016.
The Bobcats were better from the floor than the Panthers, but were out-shot at the free throw line. Peru State made 32 of 70 field goal attempts for 45.7% which included making 11 of 30 from long range for 36.7%. At the charity stripe, the ‘Cats were 12 of 24 for 50% – a season low. York made 23 of 59 field goals for 39% including connecting on just 3 of 18 from behind the arc for 16.7%.
Peru State had a big rebounding edge grabbing 43 board compared to 27 for the Panthers. The Bobcats dished out 14 assists while York had four.
The Panthers had one more turnover than Peru State as they finished with 17. York also won the blocks and steals battle. The Panthers had two blocks compared to just one for Peru State. They also finished with eight steals compared to five for the ‘Cats.
Peru State finished with three players in double figures with Maria Alcantara leading the way with 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting which included hitting 5 of 8 from long range.
With the win, the ‘Cats improved to 1-3 overall while the Panthers fell to 2-2.