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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The 2012-13 Southwestern College women's basketball team's season came to an abrupt end Thursday afternoon. The Lady Builders dropped an 86-54 decision to the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in the opening round of the 2013 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Montana Rickey led Southwestern with 11 points, and was the only Lady Builder to post double figures in the contest. Zefiryn Bryan and Jessica Hobbs added nine points each, while Annjelina Robinson scored seven points in her final game as a Lady Builder. Robinson was also Southwestern's leading rebounder and grabbed eight rebounds in the contest.
Eastern Oregon's Brooke Randall scored 24 points to lead all scorers.
As a team, Southwestern shot just 24.6 percent (14-57) from the floor, and 17.2 percent (5-29) from the three point line. The Lady Builders converted 65.5 percent (21-32) of their free throws, and out-rebounded Eastern Oregon, 46-39.
Southwestern never led in Thursday's contest. Eastern Oregon showed the 1,250 fans in attendance that it was deserving of its No. 1 seed and bolted out to a 46-26 lead by halftime, and nearly repeated the trick in the second half. The Mountaineers played all 15 players that made the 1,400 mile trip from La Grande, Ore., and cruised to the 32-point win.
The Lady Builders end their season with a 23-8 mark, a 15-3 record against Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opposition, and the team's first-ever KCAC Women's Basketball Tournament Championship. Head Coach Dave Denly will bid farewell to seniors Raven Carr and Annjelina Robinson, who will graduate in May.