Carissa Horton

Carissa Horton got high praises in her BMC debut.

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. - Blue Mountain College Women's Basketball blew through Southeastern Baptist on Tuesday to open its season, 83-58.

The Lady Toppers put together a 24-point second quarter to jump ahead, with senior Emilee Murr (SR/Athens, Ala.) leading the way with 20 points and seven rebounds.

BMC didn't let off the gas, collecting 43 second-half points. Carissa Horton (FR/Cleveland, Ala.) had an impressive debut for Blue Mountain, scoring 10 points and pulling down seven boards.

Newcomer Alexis Wynn (FR/Adamsville, Tenn.) contributed down low, scoring 13 points in her debut.

Despite being in early foul trouble, Olivia Chadwell (SO/Loretto, Tenn.) still poured in 11 points for the Lady Toppers.

BMC shot over 40 percent from the floor on the night, while their defense held the Chargers to 28 percent and forced 17 turnovers.

"I was very pleased with our team effort tonight," BMC head coach Lavon Driskell said. "I thought we showed a lot of mental toughness, especially when we got in foul trouble. Fatigue set in a little bit and we just reached down and kept pushing threw, got our second wind and battled. We did a good job of taking care of the ball and on the offensive boards; those were the two things that ignited us offensively and got us going. I'm just very pleased getting this first win to open the season, and we just hope we can take what we did tonight and build on that to continue and improve."

Blue Mountain returns to action Thursday on the road at Williams Baptist at 5:30 p.m.

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