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Slow start hurts SMSU?women in loss to Lions

November 12, 2012
Marshall Independent

A furious second-half rally by the Southwest Minnesota State women's basketball team was unable to make up for a sluggish shooting performance in the first half in the Mustangs' 73-64 loss to Missouri Southern Saturday at the Pittsburg State Classic in Pittsburg, Kan.

SMSU was nearly doubled the previous day in a 97-51 loss to third-ranked Pittsburg State after a horrid second half, and the struggles continued into the first half of Satursday's game. The Mustangs shot just 19 percent (5 of 26) from the field as they fell behind 34-18.

The Lions (1-1) gained a 24-point lead on multiple occassions during the second half and were up 53-32 with 9 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game before the Mustangs closed with s strong rally. A layup by SMSU's Val Sahr cut the Lions' lead to 67-62 with 36 seconds left, but Missouri Southern made its free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"We'll play a good half and then a not-so-good half," SMSU head coach Allison Kruger said. "We need to find a way to break that trend. We didn't come out with the right energy and got down almost 25 points, but you have to give our kids credit for hanging in there. They fought and clawed their way back."

Bree Holleman scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Mustangs in the losing effort. She hit 8 of 16 field goal attempts, including 5 of 9 shots from 3-point range.

"Bree played a phenonal game," Kruger said. "Everyone considers her a good 3-point shooter, and she is, but she's really good at attacking the basket, too. In the second half she did that and it really got our team going."

Fact Box

Missouri Southern (73)

Smantha Soyez 2-7 0-0 5, Shonte Clay 4-9 4-4 12, Johnna tenBerge 1-2 0-0 3, Jolee Sharp 2-3 3-4 9, Kori Dodson 2-2 3-4 9, Erin Rice 2-7 0-0 4, Shatara Stone 4-5 1-3 9, Sharese Jones 4-5 5-7 14, Dominique Mosley 4-5 0-0 8. Totals 25-45 16-23 73. Three-pointers 7-12 (Sharp 2-3, Dodson 2-2, Jones 1-1, tenBerge 1-1, Soyez 1-3) Rebounds 38 (Clay 7, Jones 6, Soyez 6) Assists 17 (Clay 3) Steals 4 (Jones 2) Blocks 6 (Clay 2) Turnovers 22 Total Fouls 23.

SMSU (64)

Val Sahr 3-3 8-10 15, Alison Nagel 1-5 0-0 2, Mikayla Saathoff 3-5 2-2 10, Bree Holleman 8-16 5-5 26, Rebekah Rolling 2-11 0-3 5, Megan DeRuyter 0-2 2-2 2, Jessie Watts 0-2 0-0 0, Hannah Beeler 0-3 1-2 1, Hope Bonlander 0-1 0-0 0, Annessa Rosch 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 18-53 18-24 64. Three-pointers 10-23 (Holleman 5, Saathoff 2, Rosch 1, Rolling 1, Sahr 1) Rebounds 25 (Sahr 4, Rolling 4, Rosch 4) Assists 12 (Saathoff 3) Steals 6 (Holleman 3, Rolling 2) Blocks 2 Turnovers 12 Total Fouls 22.

Halftime Score: Missouri Southern 34, SMSU 18.

Forward Val Sahr and guard Mikayla Saathoff joined Holleman in double figures for SMSU, scoring 15 and 10 points, respectively. Sahr was 3-for-3 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.

No other player score more than five points for the Mustangs.

The Lions had six players score eight or more points, led by Shonte Clay, who had 12 points, three assists and two blocks.

At 0-2 on the season, the Mustangs will look for their first win next weekend when they take part in the Northwest Missouri State Classic. They will open against Northwest Missour State on Nov. 16 and play Missouri Valley the following day.

 
 

 

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