Chills leads Trojans to 91-74 win over Belmont
TROY, Ala. (troytrojans.com) – Jayla Chills scored a career-high 21 points as the Troy women’s basketball team defeated Belmont, 91-74, on Wednesday at Trojan Arena.
Chills scored seven of the team’s first nine points and finished 9-for-20 from the field. She also turned in seven rebounds and five assists as the Trojans knocked off the Ohio Valley Conference preseason favorites.
Troy (1-1) led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter but a late Bruin run closed the gap. Senior Lauren Day (12 points) and junior Dajia Williams (11 points) also recorded career-highs. Williams was one rebound shy of her first double-double, her rebound total was also a career-high.
After taking an 8-point lead into the locker room, the Trojans exploded for 35 points in the third quarter behind 13-of-22 (59.1%) shooting including 3-pointers from Caitlyn Ramirez, Claresa Banks, Arjae’ Saunders and Kayla Robinson.
For the second consecutive game, Troy collected 49 rebounds as a team, becoming the first team to beat the Bruins – a team that entered the contest with a +16.5 rebounding margin – on the boards this season.
STAT OF THE GAME
Troy reached the 80-point mark with 3:08 remaining in the contest, it was the 57th time the Trojans have scored 80-plus points in a game under head coach Chanda Rigby.
“It was an incredible win today,” Troy head coach Chanda Rigby said. “We lost to this team last season in a very high scoring game. They won their conference last season and are picked to win it again this season. For us to take this win, it’s incredible.”
Troy makes the short trek south to the Dothan Civic Center to take on Thomas University on Monday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. For tickets, contact the Dothan Civic Center or visit DothanCivicCenter.org.
- Troy’s 35-point third quarter were the second-most scored by the team in a single frame since the NCAA moved to four quarters in women’s basketball last season. The Trojans scored 36 in the second quarter against Texas State on Jan. 16, 2016.
- Kayla Robinson has made a 3-point field goal in each of her first two career games.
- After turning the ball over 38 times against Auburn, Troy gave it away just 13 times on Wednesday.
- Claresa Banks tied a career high with five steals.