Free throws would spell the difference for the Lady Bucs, now 7-3 overall, who went 24-for-30 from the charity stripe, including 16-straight to start the game, for a season-best 80.0 percent. Sophomore Michele DeVault (
Kennesaw State, (1-7, 1-2 A-Sun), which managed only one lead throughout the game, clawed within three with just over five minutes to go in the second half, but were quickly contained by a three by DeVault, bringing the Lady Buc lead back to six. A pair of free throws by Banjo extended the lead to eight with 3:12 remaining, but three-pointer by Danielle Bates brought the Owls within striking distance at 65-60.
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The Owls would get within five again with two foul shots by Bates, at 69-64, but the Lady Bucs' 5-for-6 charity-stripe performance allowed to Owls to get no closer than six in the waning moments of the contest, giving the Lady Bucs the eight-point win.
Clarke would finish with a game-high 20. Both Clarke and Banjo tallied 10 rebounds for the game, giving Banjo her first double-double of the season. The Lady Bucs were able to hold the A-Sun star below her season averages in both points and rebounds, as Clarke was posting 24.0 ppg, and 11.9 rpg coming into tonight's contest.
Behind Clarke, Dominika Mieszkowska tallied 16 points, while Bates and Ngoneh Gaye added 13 and 11 points, respectively. Bates would also contribute eight boards, all of which came on the offensive end. The Lady Bucs out-rebounded the Owls, 42-37, including a 28-to-19 showing on the defensive glass.
The Lady Bucs will head to the