ABOVE: Marissa Evans, junior guard, drives for a layup during Wednesday evening’s game against the University of Saint Mary. The Lady Builders lost the game 62-72. “Although the game didn’t go our way, we never gave up,” said Evans. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Drake Vittitow
Staff reporter

The Lady Moundbuilders faced the University of Saint Mary in Stewart Fieldhouse on Wednesday, losing a hard fought battle to the Spires, 72-62. The loss moved the Lady Moundbuilders’ record to 4-21 overall and 3-17 in conference.

“It was a game of adjustments,” Whitney Corley, head women’s basketball, said. “I am especially proud of the way that we competed in the second half.”

The Spires’ offense was overwhelming from start to finish, shooting 52 percent from the field, compared to the Moundbuilders’ measly 35 percent for the game. Southwestern could never get into a groove offensively. Their defense was a touch slow in the first half, which is what led to the Spires leading the entire game.

“We were not ready from the jump,” Claren McCormick, junior center, said. “It is difficult to make up the deficit when you aren’t ready to compete.”

Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, was the leading scorer for the Lady Moundbuilders, scoring 13 points. Laskey would be the only double-digit scorer for the Lady Moundbuilders. Rylee Barnes, freshman guard, was the leading rebounder with eight boards, with Ashley Carrillo, sophomore center, close behind having seven.

There were some positives to take away from this game, too. Southwestern turned the ball over ten times compared to Saint Mary, who turned the ball over 13 times. The Lady Moundbuilders also stole the ball at a higher rate than the Spires, totaling eight steals against Saint Mary, compared to the Spires five. 

 “The ceiling of this team is huge,” Laskey said. “The things this team can accomplish are limitless.”

The team has a full week of break until their next meeting against Avila University.

“This is a much needed break for the team after a long and busy January,” Corley said. “We will get a short period of recovery, then we will be working to end the season on a high note.”

The season has been a disappointing one for the Southwestern ball club. Despite what people see on the scoreboard, it does not falter them from getting in the gym and continuing to grow as a team.

“We are in a unique situation because we only have one senior,” Corley said. “We are a very young and inexperienced team that is hungry to build a winning culture that will carry over to next year.”D