YORK, Neb. -- Elexis Martinez led all scorers with 12 points and Caletria Curtis recorded the Bruins first double-double of the season to lead the Bellevue University women's basketball team to an 82-56 victory over host York College in non-conference action at the Freeman Center on Saturday afternoon to close out the Veteran's Classic.
Back-to-back wins see Bellevue improve to 5-3 overall while York has now lost three of their last four to fall to 2-3 on the year.
The opening quarter was tight until the final minute when Ryleigh McCartney and Shayla Dean hit three-pointers on two of their final three possessions to start an 11-0 run that spanned 2:17 over the first and second quarters. The run turned a 12-9 BU lead into a 23-9 stranglehold.
Over the final 3:41 of the first half Bellevue out-scored York 14-4 to take a comfortable 45-22 lead into the locker room.
BU led by as many as 39 points following three-pointer from Alexandra Bader with 3:39 to play in the third quarter before York slowly started to chip away and bring the final margin to a 26-point Bruin win.
As stated, Martinez led all scorers with 12 points on 4-5 shooting from both the floor and the free throw line. Curtis finished with 11 points and game-highs of 10 rebounds and seven assists. Five other Bruins scored at least eight points in the win. Dean, Bader, McCartney, and Riley Galvin each scored nine and Jamie Winkler dropped in eight.
Bellevue shot a season-best 52.5 percent (31-59) from the floor in this one while sinking 12 of their 31 attempts from beyond the arc (38.7%). The Bruins had assists on 23 of their 31 made baskets – 74.2 percent – which was their second-highest rate of the season.
York was led by Kellie Fredendall who scored a team-high 11 points. Ve'a Gauta (9 points), Kelsey Sharkey (8), and Sarah Shafer (7) all contributed offensively while Ciara Williams led the Panthers with seven rebounds.
BU returns home on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to host Grace University at 6 p.m. at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.