KIRTLAND - Uniqua Mitchell led six players in double figures as the Express women's basketball team defeated Lakeland Community College 98-35 on the road tonight.
Mitchell scored 16 of her 18 in the second half while adding 11 rebounds and a team-high five assists (four of which came in the first half).
In the first half, the Express jumped out to a 10-0 lead and cruised to a 47-12 halftime lead. At the break, they had more made field goals (19) than Lakeland had attempted field goals (18), while also holding large advantages in points in the paint (32-6), points off turnovers (22-2), second chance points (20-4) and bench points (15-2).
Karahn Scott also added a double-double for the Express with 13 points and a team-high 15 rebounds, while Breonna House scored 11 second half points to also added 13 for the game.
The Express opened the second half on a 13-3 run. After Lakeland cut their deficit to 60-17, the Express went on a 12-0 run to take a 72-17 lead. They led by as many as 65 in the game.
Nandi Taylor (11), Eboni Adams (11) and Danielle Bezeau (10) also scored in double figures. Taylor and House tied for second on the team in assists with four, while Mackenzie Heacock had a team-high six steals.
For the game, the Express shot 41-for-81 from the field, 7-for-25 from 3-point range and 9-for-22 from the foul line. Meanwhile, the Lakers shot 14-for-49 overall, 3-for-12 from 3-point range and 4-for-10 from the foul line.
The Express outrebounded the Lakers 58-27, which included a 31-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Moreover, the Express forced 25 Laker turnovers, while 21 of those came on steals. The Express only turned the ball over 10 times while allowing only one steal.
Emma-Jean Ricketts added nine points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a team-high two blocks. Meshia Smith, who also had two blocks, scored seven points in nine minutes off the bench.