And on they roll.
Top-ranked Saint Francis made it a record 17 straight wins to begin the season with an 81-68 victory at Bethel College on Wednesday.
The Cougars (17-0) led 36-27 at halftime and was in front by as many as 15 points in the second half.
Skylarr Shurn led four double-figure scorers with 23 points, four assts and three steals; Brooke Ridley added 18 and eight rebounds, Kalah Baer added 13 and eight and Jenelle Wilson had 12 and five assists.
SAINT FRANCIS 79, BETHEL 62: Down 11 at halftime, the Cougars (13-4) ran No. 4 Bethel off its home floor in the second half, outscoring the Pilots 45-17 and limiting them to 6-of-23 shooting en route to their 11th victory in their last 13 games. Austin Fox (16 points, 13 rebounds) put up his ninth double-double, while Kegan Comer led Saint Francis with 22 points and Josh Hogan added 14.
AKRON 72, BALL STATE 68: In Muncie, Quincy Diggs scored 21 points and the Zips held on to defeat the Cardinals in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
Bond led the Cardinals (3-9, 0-1) with 18 points.
N. IOWA 80, EVANSVILLE 53: In Evansville, Matt Bohannon scored 17 points with 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range for the Panthers (8-7, 2-1 Missouri Valley).
Blake Simmons finished with 16 points, the only double-digit scorer for the Aces (7-9, 0-3).
CORNERSTONE 67, INDIANA TECH 49: Cold shooting – the Warriors (11-6, 6-3) made just 6 of 22 shots in the first half and 16 of 45 for the game – doomed Tech at Cornerstone. Rontray Travis scored 15 points and Tanner Watkins 10 for Tech.
INDIANA STATE 77, DRAKE 73: Manny Arop scored 16 points and Jake Odum added 15 for visiting Indiana State (12-3, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference).
INDIANA WESLEYAN 66, HUNTINGTON 50: At Marion, Wesleyan led 29-20 at halftime and never let up in handing the Foresters their first conference loss. Pazia Speed’s 15 points led Huntington (12-4, 4-1).
CORNERSTONE 70, INDIANA TECH 65: The visiting Warriors (9-8,6-3) dropped their fourth straight despite 23 points from Ulyssia Richmond. Chelsea Carradine added 15 and five rebounds and Rachael Kruse 14 points.