ABOVE: Makala Canada, junior guard, drives to the basket for a layup. Canada had three assists during the game, tying with two teammates for most assists. The Lady Builders have an overall record of 4-19 and KCAC record of 3-15 after their loss to McPherson Thursday evening. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Tessa Castor
Staff reporter

The women’s basketball team played the McPherson College Lady Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in Stewart Field House.

Leading the Builders with 13 rebounds and 19 points was Ashley Carillo, sophomore center. Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, Makala Canada, junior guard, and Marissa Evans, junior guard led the team in assists, each with three.

The game opened with a close fight between the teams, the Lady Builders following closely behind the Lady Bulldogs. At the end of the first quarter, Southwestern was down 12-19.

The second half continued with the Lady Builders trailing closely. With a three-pointer by Canada and charges called on Rylee Barnes, freshman guard, Evans and Laskey, the second quarter tension ended with the Lady Builders behind 24-36.

“We didn’t show up the first half, but I think we showed what we’re capable of,” said Rylee Barnes, freshman guard. “Hopefully we can finish the remainder of the season strong.”

The Lady Builders continued the fight throughout the third quarter, which ended with a Lady Bulldog lead of 45-59. With only 5:51 left in the game, the Lady Builders narrowed the score to only 57-62 McPherson. This five-point gap continued to the end, and the Lady Builders lost to McPherson with a final score of 68-73. Their overall record is now 4-19, and their KCAC record is 3-15.

“We started off slow, but I’m really proud of the way our team competed and fought back in the second half,” said Whitney Corley, head coach. “Ashley Carrillo battled hard in the paint and played a good all-around game. And we were excited to see Kamy Walck knock down some shots tonight. We are looking forward to carrying our second half momentum into a tough matchup at Friends on Saturday. “

“We have to come out and compete all 40 minutes to get the results we want,” said Kamy Walck, senior guard. “We are staying positive and getting back in the gym to get ready for Friends on Saturday.”

The Lady Builders will play again at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at Friends University in Wichita. The game may be watched live at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/friends/.

Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.