CARLINVILLE, Ill. -- Playing just over an hour away from her hometown of St. Louis, Mo., Margo Koby made the most of the first part of her homecoming weekend as she registered a double-double of 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Covenant women's basketball team to a 74-54 win at Blackburn on Friday night.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Covenant (2-3). It was the first all-time meeting between the Scots and Blackburn (2-2).
Koby tied a career-high with her 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go along with a career-best 14 rebounds and five assists. She was one of five Scots to record double-digit point totals as Elissa Moore had 13 points, Rachel Thomas added a dozen points while Ruthie Moore and Cosette Kirsch had 10 points each.
Elissa Moore added seven rebounds, while Kirsch collected six boards and dished out a game-high six assists.
Covenant led 18-15 at the end of the first period, but started to extend the lead in the second and never trailed the rest of the game. The Scots only shot 33.3 percent in the second, but held Blackburn to just three made field goals while connecting on 7-of-10 from the foul line in the period.
The Scots went into halftime with a 37-26 lead, its largest of the night to that point, after Riley Wagaman made a 35-footer at the buzzer.
The lead grew to 13 early in the third as Koby and Ruthie Moore had baskets on consecutive possessions to make it 43-30 with 6:46 left in the quarter. Covenant led 55-44 heading into the final period.
Covenant began the fourth with a 9-0 run over a four-plus minute stretch to extend the lead to 20 (64-44) with under six minutes left. The Scots led by as many as 22 late in the fourth quarter as they coasted to the win.
The Scots shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the field with eight 3-pointers and a 17-of-24 effort at the foul line. Covenant had a 43-34 edge in rebounding and outscored the host Beavers 12-4 in second-chance points.
Blackburn was led by Maria Cline's 13 points and nine rebounds, while Jenna Dudra had 14 points. The Beavers were held to 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and were just 2-of-10 from deep.
Covenant travels to St. Louis, Mo., on Saturday to face Webster. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST (7 p.m. EST).
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