By Drake Vittitow
The Lady Moundbuilder basketball team lost their final game of the year, 83-70, against the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles on Saturday. The loss moves their record to 4-25 overall and 3-21 in conference.
“It was a tale of two halves,” Whitney Corley, head coach, said. “When we got a taste competing with them, we were hungry for the challenge.”
Southwestern’s offense was underwhelming for most of the game. They shot a measly 36 percent from the field and 37 percent from three. Their defense was also a touch slow for the entire game. Oklahoma Wesleyan shot 44 percent from the field and 38 percent from three.
Kamy Walck, senior forward, started for Southwestern. She, along with Brittany Lawler, senior guard, are the seniors of the group. Walck caught fire early and finished with nine points and one steal. She hit the last shot for the Southwestern just as time expired.
“What better way to go out than Kamy Walck hitting the last shot of the game,” Corley said. “She came up big for us, hitting big shot after big shot.”
London Futch, freshman guard, led all scorers with 13 points. Ashley Carrillo, sophomore center, followed close behind with 10. Multiple players chipped in to the rebounding total. Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, and Lawler each had six rebounds. Carrillo, Makala Canada, junior guard, and Marissa Evans, junior guard, each had five rebounds. Laskey also had the most assists, dishing out six.
Oklahoma Wesleyan threw multiple offenses that Southwestern did not plan for. The Lady Moundbuilders responded to these offenses with adjustments of their own. This forced the Eagles into 12 turnovers for the game.
“I was proud of the way we adjusted to their game plan,” Walck said. “They threw every kind of offense imaginable at us and we responded every single time.”
With the season coming to a close, Southwestern looks to rebuild and reload for next year with a strong team that goes deep into the bench. Losing only two key players next year is a victory in itself.
“We had a lot of small victories this year,” Laskey. “I know that this team has a lot of success in store and I am ready to unleash our full potential.”
Drake Vittitow is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.