ABOVE: Marissa Evans, junior guard, dribbles, fighting off the defense. Evans has been impressive on the court throughout her time here at Southwestern and has continued this streak throughout the beginning of this season. (File photo).

By Drake Vittitow

Staff reporter

The Moundbuilders faced Ottawa University at Stewart Fieldhouse on Saturday, losing to the Braves 68-52.

It was an uphill battle all day for Southwestern, as they were only able to score four points in the 1st quarter; however, the Moundbuilders would not let the slow start define the outcome. They were able to cut the lead down to a mere ten points by halftime.

“I thought we showed tremendous toughness battling back every time we went down,” Whitney Corley, head women’s basketball coach said, “We did an excellent job believing in each other and fighting for each other.”

The leading scorers for the Moundbuilders were Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, with 13 points, and Ashley Carrillo, sophomore center, with 14 points.

One positive that Southwestern did during the game was their ability to chase Ottawa off the three-point line, holding the Braves to just 26%.

“We have faced a lot of adversity as a team with injuries and other circumstances,” Claren McCormick, junior center said, “We did a great job coming back from a 16-point deficit, but we have to work on our consistency.”

McCormick was sidelined the whole game after a collision that gave her concussion-like symptoms.

Besides the slow start, the Moundbuilders played a textbook, hard-fought game; however, spotting Ottawa 14 points in the first quarter killed the momentum for Southwestern.

The loss to the Braves moves the Moundbuilders record to 0-6 on the year.

Drake Vittitow is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at Jefferson.Vittitow@sckans.edu.