By Shawn Morris

Staff reporter

The Lady Moundbuilders basketball team traveled to Ottawa to face the Braves Thursday evening. They were handed a tough loss at the hands of the Braves, with a final score of 75-60.

The first time these two teams played this season was on November 16, where the Lady Builders won in a convincing fashion, with a final score of 87-62. This was the fourth of an eight game losing streak to start the season for the Braves.

Unfortunately for the Builders, this game was very different from the first matchup of the season for these two teams.

The Lady Builders started out the game slow, which allowed the Braves to take a lead that they ultimately never surrendered.

After Ashley Carrillo, junior center, suffered a hamstring injury, Sidney Dennis stepped up and played valuable minutes for the Builders.

Coach Corley praised Dennis, saying, “Our team got a special individual performance from Sidney Dennis. She stepped into a role she prepares for every day in practice. With Ashley Carrillo out with a hamstring injury, Sidney took advantage of the opportunity. She defended and rebounded very well.”

Corley was not the only one to notice Dennis’ performance. Other players, such as senior guard Marissa Evans, praised the performance put on by Dennis off the bench. Evans said, “I was extremely proud of Sidney Dennis in her performance on Saturday. She was given the opportunity to see the floor and produce valuable minutes in Saturday’s game.”

Evans, who is fourth in the KCAC in steals, said, “You always have moments after games where you feel like you could have played better or could have done specific things to help the team. I definitely had those thoughts last night. Personally, I feel like I could have finished at the basket better, and made my free throws when given the opportunity.”

Claren McCormick, senior center, is second in the KCAC in blocks per game. However, she had an off night from the field, as well as defensively. When asked about her performance, McCormick said, “I don’t feel as though I played as well as I could have but I’m looking forward to another opportunity with my teammates as we go to Avila on Monday.”

Overall, Corley said, “Our loss at Ottawa was a difficult one. We got off to a slow start and we were not able to overcome a big deficit. The team showed a lot of tenacity in the second half to battle back, but Ottawa kept the pressure on us and continued to play well.”

The Lady Builders are now 9-9, with a 6-8 record in conference play, heading into Monday’s game against Avila, who is 10-6, and riding a 4-game win streak into the upcoming matchup.

The last game between these two ended in a 67-59 loss to Avila on November 20.

The Lady Builders are looking to string together some wins, and climb up the KCAC ladder, in which they are currently in ninth place.

Tipoff is at 12 p.m. in Mabee Fieldhouse, in Kansas City, MO.

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