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Junior guard Reese Arnold responded with a game-high 28 points as the Lady Blue Jays easily prevailed in their home opener by demolishing the Lady Blues on Thursday night.

Westminster College (2-1) — which was coming off an 85-76 victory at Illinois College on Tuesday night — raised its season record to 2-1. The Lady Blues slipped to the .500 mark at 2-2.

The Lady Blue Jays were in front 25-15 after one quarter Thursday night and outscored Illinois College 25-18 in the second quarter to open up a 50-33 advantage at the break. Westminster carried a comfortable 71-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

Arnold — who hit 11-of-19 shots — directed three players in double figures for the Lady Blue Jays, who shot 46% (33-of-72) as a team. Senior guard Kallee Dowler was 7-of-14 from the field — including 5-of-8 from 3-point range — in tallying 20 points.

Sophomore forward Avylina Powel-Qualo connected on 7-of-8 shots to add 18 points for Westminster. The Lady Blue Jays produced 26 points off 17 turnovers by the Lady Blues.

Powel-Qualo completed a double-double by pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds and sophomore forward Madison Schaeffer had 10 to power the Lady Blue Jays to a 37-35 edge on the boards. Westminster also outscored Illinois College 38-28 in the paint.

Junie Zirkelbach supplied 14 points to pace the Lady Blues, who shot just 35% (23-of-66) from the field. Madison Schoenfeld contributed 11 points.

Westminster starts St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at home against Fontbonne University at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

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