Sports Digest February 3-6

Here’s the latest in Wildcat sports, courtesy of John Schild and the C-SC Sport Information Department.  For complete information, visit

Central Methodist University shot 59 percent in the second half to pull away and defeat the Culver-Stockton men’s basketball team 76-66 at Charles Field House Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats opened the game strong and took a 12-point lead at 16-4 with 13 minutes left in the first half. However, the Eagles found their game and outscored the hosts 31-19 to end the first half tied at 35-35 each.

The second half was tight for the first eight minutes and a Caleb Kizer layup with 12 minutes to play brought the Wildcats to within 48-47. However, CMU used a 9-2 run from that point to open a gap between the two teams and the Wildcats never got closer than four points the rest of the game.

CMU made 17 of its 29 field goal attempts in the second half and shot 51 percent (30-59) overall for the game. Meanwhile, C-SC was 12-for-27 in the second half for 44 percent and 41 percent (23-56) for the game.

Three players, Ray Adams, Michael Johnson and Jim King, all scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats. Javon Modester was also in double figures with 10 markers. Kizer finished with eight points in the game. King and Adams led the hosts with six caroms each.

C-SC is slated to play at third-ranked William Penn University this Monday, Feb. 8, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton College women’s basketball team battled Central Methodist University tooth and nail for 30 minutes before running out of steam and falling 71-57 at Charles Field House Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats trailed 54-49 after three quarters but the Eagles netted the first nine points of the fourth quarter and pulled away for the victory. C-SC missed its first eight shot attempts in the quarter and finished 2-for-13 from the field in the final 10 minutes.

Payton Curley continued her climb up the Wildcat scoring list with 16 points, giving her 1,231 career points. Those 16 points moved her past Alisha Nagel for 12th place on the all-time scoring list and puts her just five points shy of Randi Lee Plunkett for the 11th spot.

Jada Summers came off the bench to register 11 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Nya Taylor garnered 10 points while Ashley Nelson contributed eight points and eight rebounds. Josie Landrum matched her career-high with eight points.

The Wildcats are off until Thursday, Feb. 11, when they host Evangel University at Charles Field House. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Culver-Stockton College track and field team competed at the Graceland University Winter Series #4 Friday afternoon in Lamoni, Iowa.

The Wildcats, who were competing in their last meet prior to the Heart of America Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 19-20, were led by Xavier Reddock and Jordan Grant in the 55-meter dash.

Reddock finished third in the 55 finals with a time of 6.71 seconds while Grant placed 6th in the finals with a time of 6.89 seconds.

The Wildcat men also placed in three other sprints during the day. Verlyn Johnson placed fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.40 seconds while Tyrin Holder was fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.41 seconds. Ahmed Barrow set a personal record in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.69 seconds, good for eighth place.

In the field events, Maurice Silas placed fifth in the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 1 1/4 feet.

In women’s action, Madison Matney continues to throw well in the shot put and weight throw.  In the weight throw, Matney paced seventh with a throw of 41 feet, 4 1/2 inches, while in the shot put Matmey placed eighth overall with a time of 33 feet, 10 inches.

On the track, Payton Flowers placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:08.49.