No. 1 Lady Panthers and Drury men edge out Truman State in physical battles

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Saturday marked the second closest game of the year for the top ranked Lady Panthers, but like all the rest Drury came out on top in the end.

Head Coach Molly Miller’s squad outlasted visiting Truman State, 72-66, to stay undefeated on the year.

The second half saw a back and forth battle with the Bulldogs getting as close as one to Drury, but they were unable to close the gap completely.

Hailey Diestelkamp led all scorers with a double-double on 23-points and 11 rebounds in the win.

She said games like these will be very valuable for the team down the road. 

“We’re not going to be beating teams by 20 or 30 points in March,” Diestelkamp said. “It was a good testament for us today to actually be in a position where we have to dial in, focus and see what Coach Miller puts on the board for us and actually execute that.” 

“A game like this is definitely valuable for that postseason play, that March play, that big target on your back play,” Coach Miller said. “I think everything comes into fruition when you’re playing hard. You’re playing these tough teams. You’re going to be tested in March. These games are good to challenge us.”

The Lady Panthers will continue putting their number one rank on the line next Thursday at 5:45 p.m. when they host (14-6, 8-3) Maryville. 

The Drury Men followed up the Lady Panthers by completing a sweep of Truman State Saturday afternoon, 65-59.

That marks three straight wins for the Panthers.

They’ll look to make it four when they host Maryville as well on Thursday.

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