The Millikin women's basketball team opened its season with an 81-74 win over Greenville University in the Tipoff Classic being hosted by Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri on November 8.
Millikin jumped out to a fast start and lead 24-15 after one quarter. The Big Blue had a 43-31 advantage at the half. Greenville answered with a strong third quarter out scoring Millikin 31-15. The Big Blue got things back on track in the fourth quarter outscoring the Panthers by 11.
Millikin shot 45.5 percent from the field. Greenville hit on 49 percent of its shots, but had 15 fewer shots than Millikin. The Big Blue won the rebounding battle 37-29.
Junior Jordan Hildebrand led the Big Blue with 25 points and six rebounds. Freshman Bailey Coffman had an impressive collegiate debut scoring 16 points with 11 rebounds and five assists. Junior Jazmin Brown had 12 points and sophomore Aubrey Staton had 11 for Millikin.
Greenville got 16 points from Emily Reinneck and Megan Barrett added 13.
The Big Blue will face Westminster on Saturday.