SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The first 20 minutes weren’t the best for the Lady Panthers, but the final 20 minutes were.

Drury beat Michigan Tech 79-62 on Saturday evening at O’Reilly Family Events Center in Springfield.

The Lady Panthers (12-1) erased a seven-point halftime deficit in a hurry with a 22-1 run to start the third quarter.

“What we weren’t doing was playing physical, and we weren’t talking about switches,” said Drury head coach Amy Eagan in a release.  “So I just told them we needed to pick it up defensively.  Our offense didn’t come as easy tonight, but we can’t let our defense be affected by that.”

Paige Robinson scored a season-high 36 points before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury.

“Our kids all knew this was a big game,” added Eagan.  “I thought Paige put us on her back for sure, but so did Payton (Richards) as well.  Her energy and her talk out there were great.  And Alana (Findley) also gave us a lift with a really big second half.”

Alana Findley scored 14 as well for the Lady Panthers.

Drury will be off the rest of 2021 and will pick back up the season on January 2 against William Jewell.