Ruth Kipping recorded her first double-double in a Cougar uniform as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville powered past McKendree 80-57 Tuesday night at the Vadalabene Center.
SIUE improved to 1-2 overall. McKendree evened its record to 4-4.
Kipping poured in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead all scorers. Megan Grizzle picked up 13 points. Heather Hillebrenner added 10 points off the bench.
Jacque Clark, the sister of SIUE assistant coach Misi Clark, was the leading scorer for McKendree with 12 points. Stephanie Sparks added 11 points for the Bearcats.
SIUE led by just four points at 37-33 at halftime. The Cougars turned up the pressure in the second half, playing strong defense and outstanding offense. SIUE shot 62.5 percent from the field and held McKendree to 32 percent shooting.
The Cougars' next action is Saturday when they host Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Bellarmine University in a 5:30 p.m. game.