LAMONI – A hot start from Graceland University led to a 90-68 win over the Waldorf College women's basketball team on Friday.
The Yellowjackets (2-0) jumped out to a 51-29 halftime advantage and never looked back while forcing the Warriors (0-3) to commit 29 turnovers.
"It's hard to win a ball game with that many turnovers," Waldorf coach Katie Schutjer said. "They were a very quick team and used that to their advantage."
Kellie Schmit led the Warriors with a double-double, scoring 23 points and ripping down 12 rebounds. The 5-foot-9 forward from Bitt turned in an efficient performance down low as she shot 10-of-13 (77 percent) from the field.
"Kellie's inside game was very effective," Schutjer said. "She posted up strong and we got the ball to her in a position to score. It was good to see her finish well around the basket because we are going to need that all season long."
Connor Thompson added 14 points for the Warriors. The sophomore from Forest City handed out a team-high four assists.
Graceland used a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Gabrielle Lapinski powered the Yellowjackets with 20 points, Yvette Bennett provided 18 points, Amber Quick scored 11 points and Sydney Vaughn finished with 10 points.
Waldorf received six points each from sophomores Mikaela Vega and Jenna Quina. Senior Destinee Sinegal-Smith closed out the game with four points, sophomore Betty Vazquez contributed three points and senior Jennifer Nelsen had one point.
Senior Brittany Robinson, Vega and Nelsen collected two steals apiece. Nelsen also turned in three assists.
The Warriors shot 41 percent from the floor on a 22-of-54 effort and the Yellowjackets went 31-of-81 (38 percent). Graceland knocked down 11-of-25 (44 percent) 3-point attempts and Waldorf finished 4-of-21 (19 percent) from behind the arc.
The Yellowjackets converted on 85 percent of their free throws, going 17-of-20 from the line while the Warriors went 20-of-29 (69 percent). Graceland turned the ball over 13 times.
Waldorf travels to Des Moines for Saturday's 1 p.m. matchup against AIB College of Business (0-3).
"It will be another tough game," Schutjer said. "If we do the little things well, we are capable of coming out with a win."