By Layne Phillips
The Lady Builders lost their first conference game of the season Wednesday to nationally ranked (12) Tabor team 83-75.
Jordyn Miller, senior forward, led the Lady Builders with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, which was the team high for all three categories. Makala Canada, sophomore guard, had 16 points on 70% shooting. Jazmyne Laskey, sophomore guard, had 14 points and 6 rebounds, 4 rebounds came from the offensive side. Kamy Walck, junior forward, had 6 points on 2-3 shooting behind the arch.
Despite the score, both offenses were relatively the same statically. Tabor made 31 out of 58 shots (53.4%) and Southwestern made 31 out of 59 shots (52.5%). Tabor shot 33.3% behind the arch (5-15) while Southwestern shot 28.6% (4-14). The difference came in the free throw category. Tabor shot 72.7% (16-22) and Southwestern shot 12 less free throws than their KCAC opponent and was 90% (9-10) from the charity stripe.
Whitney Corley, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, said “we got to put a little more focus on the way we are closing out to the ball. Our one-on-one defense suffered a little bit tonight because we got so up in their space trying to pressure the ball, that we were giving them too easy of lanes to the rim.” Southwestern is currently allowing 83 PPG which is 126th in the country. “We got to shore up some of our close out footwork.” Said Corley.
With just one conference game played this season, the Lady Builders still have a long road ahead of them. The expectations for the rest of the year are high and the players and coaches are excited.
Corley said “I am excited about building some confidence tonight going into a big one on Saturday” The Lady Builders were down as much of 18 points tonight and fought back to bring the game to within 6 points late in the fourth quarter.
Kamy Walck, junior forward, said “Now we know what it takes to win and we know we could’ve won tonight.
The Lady builders next conference foe is Sterling, a team that Southwestern has beat 8 out of the last 10 meetings.
Corley said “we have got to be ready to move the ball. They are going pressure the ball man to man, they also run a little zone trap and they will pick us up in the full court too, so we got to take care of the basketball so we can some scoring opportunities.”
Southwestern (0-5, 0-1 KCAC) will play Sterling (2-2, 1-0 KCAC) November 15th, at 3 p.m. in Stewart Fieldhouse
Layne Phillips is a freshman majoring in communication. You may e-mail him at Layne.Phillips@sckans.edu