ABOVE: Jordyn Miller, senior forward, drives the ball in for a layup during the Monday night game against the Southwestern Christian Eagles. Miller led the Lady Builders in scoring with 24 points. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer).
By Tanner Carlson
The Southwestern Lady Builders (0-4) lost to the Southwestern Christian Eagles (3-0) 77-63 in Stewart Field House on Monday. This was the Lady Builders’ final tune-up game before conference play begins this week on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
The Lady Builders were stingy defensively as they caused the Eagles to turn the ball over 16 times. The leading scorers for the Lady Builders were Jordyn Miller, senior forward, with 24 points, and Marissa Evans, sophomore guard, contributing 15 points off the bench.
“Well, right now we’re hungry, we’re hungry for that win,” Evans said. “We’re just going to do whatever it takes, especially in practice, and to be dialed in and focused.”
A difference in the game came beyond the arc, and the Eagles shot 56% from three, making 10 of their 16 attempts. The Lady Builders shot 17%, making three of their 17 attempts from long range.
“I think one of our biggest deficits is that once we get in games we kind of stop moving,” said Miller. “We kind of start relaxing and think, ‘Oh, they got it.’ It’s really all about finding that rhythm.”
Along with shooting woes, the Lady Builders turned the ball over 20 times with more than half of them being unforced turnovers, as the Eagles only had nine steals in the game.
“We’re just going to work on being ourselves,” Chris Burks, assistant women’s basketball coach, said. “We just want them to be themselves. We preach it in practice all the time. We’re just going to go make the game a little bit more comfortable for them.”
The Lady Builders will start conference play against 12th ranked Tabor on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Stewart Field House.
Tanner Carlson is a senior majoring in communication. You may email him at email@example.com.