Above: Destiny Stewart, sophomore guard, dashes towards the goal for an easy two points. Southwestern battled against McPherson in a conference match last night. The lady builders were victorious, ending the game 71-65. (Taylor Rodriguez /Staff photographer)

By RJay McCoy
Staff reporter

Southwestern hosted McPherson College in a conference battle that resulted in a 71- 65 win for Southwestern Thursday night. The big-time win put the lady builders basketball back to 10 – 10 overall and 7 – 9 record in conference play.

Before the Thursday night matchup, the two teams previously faced off in a conference bout earlier in the school year.

That contest, on November 23rd, resulted in a close Lady Builder win by a score of 63-59.

Both teams came out comfortable with their game plans from their previous clash on the court.

From the jump, the lady builders and bulldogs played a neck to neck first quarter.

McPherson jumped out in the lead quick by scoring the game’s first four points before Makala Canada, senior guard, put in the first points for the builders.

A slow start did not prevent the ladies from cutting the lead and competed against McPherson in the first quarter.

Destiny Stewart, sophomore guard, headlined the first quarter with her scoring ability both from a deep and mid-range game.

A back and forth first quarter resulted in the lady builders leading at the end of the first quarter by a score of 13 – 12.

Southwestern winning the hard-fought on the scoreboard of the first quarter had to translate to the second quarter.

The second quarter for Southwestern was lead by rebounds. With a rebounding advantage by Southwestern, the scoring margin opened the second half with a score of 32 – 27.

Shooting percentage of the first half needed improvement for the second half as Southwestern had a 37 percent shooting percentage.

Leading 32 – 27 after the first half, both teams had a hard time finding the bottom of the net as both defenses were strong and both offenses shot below 40 percent from the field.

McPherson won the scoring battle and turnover battle. Southwestern, on the other hand, couldn’t keep turnovers at a minimum.

“As I said before in prior games the turnovers were needing to be low also make-up on the defensive side of the floor”, said head coach, Whitney Corley.

The fourth quarter was the opposite for both teams as roles were switched in scoring.

The lady Builders put up 23 in the quarter to notch the win over McPherson.

Marissa Evans, senior guard, said, “This was an important game for us. We all had to perform as a team on the defensive end and that’s what we did.”

“Very hard-fought match-up”, said senior Jasmyne Laskey.

The next match-up for the Lady Builders will be against the 19th ranked Sterling College. Sterling will come to Stewart Fieldhouse 3 p.m. Sat., Jan 25th for Coaches vs. Cancer.