By Nicholas Petrone, Central Methodist (Mo.) Sports Information Director
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Morgan Vetter eclipsed her own single-game made three-pointers record Saturday, registering 37 points and leading No. 19 Central Methodist (Mo.) to a 96-53 victory over Bay Path (Mass.) in the Music City Classic.
Vetter, who made nine treys November 18 in a win over Central Christian College of the Bible, scored the first six points for Central Methodist (10-3) in the final game of the tournament at Trevecca Nazarene's Moore Gymnasium and was 10-of-18 from behind the arc. The 10 made treys are the most in Heart of America Athletic Conference history and second in the nation this season behind Westmont's (Calif.) Esther Lee's 11 against Wayland Baptist (Texas) 12 days ago. The 18 attempts ties for most in NAIA Division I with Katie Williams of Auburn Montgomery (Ala.), who shot 18 attempts against Martin Methodist (Tenn.) on November 15. The 10 makes also ranks seventh in the history of NAIA Division I.
Vetter finished the game 12-of-20 from the field and was perfect (3-of-3) from the foul line.
Despite Vetter's record-setting day from the outside, Central Methodist started the contest only 3-of-11 from three-point range and transitioned to an inside attack. The change worked effectively, as 14 of the next 18 Eagles' points came in the paint in a five-minute span. A Kyra Williams seven-foot straightaway jumper gave the Green and Black a 39-21 edge.
Meanwhile, Vetter continued to pull from distance, nailing her fifth trey at the 1:38 mark of the first period. The junior guard shot 5-of-9 from three-point range in the first 20 minutes and finished the period with 20 points.
Central Methodist led 49-28 at intermission, and the Eagles' Jesse Ellis pulled down nine of her 10 rebounds in the first half. The Eagles dominated the paint, outscoring the Wildcats 28-12 while turning eight turnovers into 16 points, all coming on the fast break.
Vetter tied her own mark at the 7:37 mark of the second half and broke the record with 1:42 to play.
Central Methodist finished 48.6 percent (17-of-35) from distance, including 14-of-24 to end the game.
Taylor Cornelison chipped in 10 points for the Eagles. Alison Durst added nine. Cornelison and Chelsea Pannier each had two of the team's 10 steals.
Williams had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Williams and Ellis dished out seven assists apiece.
Central Methodist totaled 25 assists on 36 (36-of-77) made field goals and ratcheted up the defense, scoring 27 points off turnovers and outscoring the Wildcats 32-0 on fast break chances. The Eagles finished the contest with a 38-20 edge in points in the paint and outrebounded the Wildcats 61-33, including 26-13 on the offensive glass.
Jessica Santiago led Bay Path (3-7) with 12 points. Aaliyah Gordon and Kayla Skiffington added 11 and 10, respectively.