Lindenwood women’s basketball wins big over McKendree as Bildner becomes first Lion with 1000 career rebounds


Photo by Jessica Spivey

Forward Kallie Bildner jumps to make a shot during a game against McKendree University at Hyland Arena on January 30. The team secured a win with a final score of 103-74.

Billy Woods, Reporter

The Lindenwood women’s basketball team beat the McKendree University Bearcats 103-74 after a strong offensive second half which featured five Lions scoring in double figures.

The game started with the Lions smothering the Bearcats offense, holding them to 3-15 shooting from the field in the first quarter. After a 28-12 lead in the first quarter, the Lions were in complete control of the game until a second quarter comeback by the Bearcats spelled trouble for the Lions.

The Lions were held to 6-17 shooting in the second quarter, allowing 25 points from the Bearcats offense in the process. At halftime, the Lions were ahead 45-37.

That’s when the Lions offense blew the game open.

In the third quarter, the Lions shot 4-7 from three, scoring 30 points. Kallie Bildner, Devin Fuhring and Ellen McCorkle each hit two three-pointers, with Bildner being a perfect 2-2 from long range. The Lions were also lethal from the free-throw line, shooting 23-28, with Julia Ruzevich being 7-8, Bildner and Fuhring both being 5-5, Kate Ruzevich being 2-2 and Lindsay Medlen being 3-4.

The offensive rush wasn’t done, as the Lions offense would shoot 10-16 in the fourth quarter and score 28 points. Bildner finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds, shooting perfect from the field, three and free-throw line. Both Fuhring and J. Ruzevich scored 17 points, while Mckenna Montgomery added 15 points and McCorkle added 12 points.

The 103 points are the most scored by the Lions this season. The Lions had the advantage in points in the paint (40-34) and second chance points (25-10).

During the contest, Bildner broke the Lions record for most career rebounds.

The 11-6 Lions will host the University of South Indiana at 1 p.m. on Feb. 1 at Hyland Arena.