A 3-pointer by Stephanie Jackson finished off a 17-0 run by Santa Fe over the first 4:30 of the third period to help the Saints breeze to a 98-52 win over DME Academy Thursday night at the SF Gymnasium. "I am disappointed with our energy as a team in the first half," said SF Head Coach Chanda Stebbins. "We didn't set the tone early in the game, which is what we need to do. Everyone got more involved and we were much more effective in the second half."
The Saints took an early lead that reached 10 points at 31-21 with 4:30 to play in the second period, but DME refused to go quietly and cut the lead to three in the closing minute of the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Danasia Bogle and Julie Fournier gave the Saints a 37-28 lead after the first 20 minutes setting up the third period surge.
The Saints dominated the glass, outrebounding DME 69-34 for the game. "We did a great job on the boards," said Stebbins. "Keaubree Edwards did a great job from the start and others got involved later in the game."
The Saints (7-4) had five players hit double figures with Fournier and Destiny Williams leading the way with 12 points apiece. Edwards scored 11 to go with her 11 rebounds while Stephanie Jackson and Rhea Smith also scored 11 apiece.
The Saints, who have now won three straight and six of their last seven games, will travel to St. Petersburg on Saturday to take on the Titans. SF defeated St. Pete 96-72 earlier in the season.
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