ABOVE: Marissa Evans, senior guard, drives to the goal during the Jan. 29 game against College of the Ozarks. The Lady Builders lost the matchup 51-92. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)
By RJay McCoy
As the Men’s basketball team took a night off from games, the Lady Moundbuilders hosted a non-conference battle on Wednesday night, Jan. 29in Stewart Fieldhouse against nationally ranked College of the Ozarks. The match-up of the night ended in the Lady Builders losing by the score of 92-51 and falling to 10-12 overall and staying at 7-10 in conference play this season.
Prior to this meeting between the two, Southwestern are coming off a conference defeat at home at the hands of Sterling.
“After the game against Sterling I was very proud of our team’s toughness,” said head coach, Whitney Corley.
Coming into the game the Lady Builders knew what they had been up against hosting #6 ranked College of the Ozarks.
“Against Sterling we learned that every turnover is an extra opportunity for the opponent and one less for us. We gave Sterling too many extra opportunities and that’s the adjustment we needed to make,” said Corley.
On the other side the Bobcats are coming into this game fresh off the Lincoln College Classic in Lincoln, Ill., where they defeated Lincoln College and Washington Adventist University.
The start began with total domination from the hands of the Bobcats as they dominated every column for the first quarter.
Southwestern, knowing the game plan from the game prior tried to implement it against the elite team. They held their own for some time but, the Bobcats just seemed to keep pulling away.
The first quarter ended in a score of 29-14
The second quarter was much of the same tune from the first.
After the dreaded first quarter things got no better for the Lady Builders as the Bobcats continued to do what they did best.
The Bobcats stuck to fundamental basketball and that led them to the half leading 44-24.
Coming out from the second half the Builders made some adjustments and it was seen in their play as they were grittier and unknown faces got a chance to shine.
Unknown faces for the Builders that made some impact on the night and showed a lot of heart are Sarah Alsabbaheen, sophomore guard, with her 12 points and Sidney Dennis, junior center, doing work in the points. These two did a good job playing their roles for a chance to win the game.
“Our goal is to learn from this defeat and take it to Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday,” said Marissa Evans, senior guard.
Next up for the Lady Builders is a known conference foe, Oklahoma Wesleyan as they travel to Bartlesville, Oklahoma for a road match-up. This game will tip at 3:30pm.