Staunton, Va - Mary Baldwin women's basketball continued their quick start to 2019 with a comfortable win against conference opponents Pfeiffer on Saturday, 85-57. In the backend of the weekend double-header, first-year phenom Leah Calhoun led the team with a double-double (25 points/14 rebounds) in a 56-53 victory over Meredith. The Fighting Squirrels improve to 10-6 on the season and 4-3 in the conference with their perfect start to the year.
On Saturday, Mary Baldwin started the game down 7-0 but with a 3-pointer by Brooke Anders with 4:55 left in the first quarter, the Fighting Squirrels would take the lead and never look back. Mary Baldwin had 10 players contribute to their scoring efforts and led by as many as 33 points at one point in the game. Nicole Mallon contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds and Brook Anders added 12 points. First-year Hannah Varner contributed 15 points from beyond the arc, shooting 5-10 from the 3-point line. Leah Calhoun followed up her 32-point performance on Wednesday with a 17-point, 9-rebound performance against Pfeiffer. Mary Baldwin's defense held Pfeiffer to just 57 points, their lowest points total of the season.
The Fighting Squirrels struggled early in the game on Sunday, with Meredith leading by as many as 15 points in the third quarter. Mary Baldwin's defense came through later in the second half, allowing just 22 points from the Avenging Angels. In support of Calhoun's performance, Demet Saygili added 11 points in the conference win. During the three-game win streak, Calhoun has averaged a double-double with 24.6 points and 12.6 rebounds.
"A sense of urgency is the phrase that comes to mind given our 3-0 start in the new year," said head coach, Ross James. "The team understands that every game is a battle and their willingness to fight for each other is ultimately what will lead to individual, as well as team success."
Mary Baldwin will play their final game of the homestand on Wednesday, January 9th against conference opponent Greensboro at 6pm.