WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team came up on the short end of a defensive battle in the final game of the 2015 Tara Patterson Memorial Classic. The Lady Builders fell to the Warriors of Midland University, 50-46, Saturday afternoon inside historic Stewart Field House.
Cold shooting plagued both teams in Saturday's contest. Southwestern (1-4) shot just 31.5 percent from the floor, while the Warriors shot at a 25.9 percent clip. Midland (2-2) finished with a 13-rebound edge, including 13 offensive rebounds, and held on for the 50-46 decision.
How it Happened…
-Midland scored the first eight points of the game, and took an 8-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Jordyn Miller scored the first Southwestern points of the contest on a free throw with 5:18 remaining in the opening period, and sparked a 9-2 run over the next two minutes to pull the Lady Builders to within one (10-9) after five-straight Miller points. Midland responded with five-straight points to push its lead back to 15-9, but a Taylor Bleumer bucket trimmed the Warrior advantage to 15-11 after one quarter of play.
-Southwestern limited the Warriors to just one field goal and five made free throws in the second quarter, but the Lady Builder offense couldn't find its rhythm over the final 10 minutes of the opening half. Jana Reichenberger scored the first points of the period, and set a 7-2 spurt into motion. Miller gave Southwestern its first lead of the game, 18-17, with 4:39 remaining on the second-quarter clock. Three ties and a pair of lead changes followed over the final four minutes of the half, and when the halftime horn sounded, the two teams found themselves tied at 22-22.
-Me'Shelle Parker drained a triple on Southwestern's first possession of the second half, and gave the Lady Builders a 25-22 lead, but Midland answered with 10-straight points to take a 32-25 lead at the 5:20 mark. Kenzi Taylor stopped the bleeding with a lay-up on Southwestern's next trip down the floor. Jennifer Myers followed with back-to-back lay-ups, and a Miller bucket represented the final points of an 8-0 Lady Builder run that gave Southwestern a 33-32 lead after three quarters.
-Reichenberger scored Southwestern's first five points of the fourth quarter, and helped the Lady Builders take a 38-34 lead at the 5:56 mark, but the Warriors responded with six-straight points to take a 40-38 lead with 4:36 to play. Myers converted a pair of free throws to force a 40-40 tie with 4:22 remaining on the clock, but Midland converted six free throws over the next two minutes to take a 46-40 lead with 2:14 to play. Southwestern made things interesting late with a 6-2 run that pulled the Lady Builders to within one, 47-46, after Miller drained a trey with 0:46 remaining. But that was as close as Southwestern could get. The Lady Builders' final possession of the game resulted in a turnover, and Midland added a pair of free throws to secure the 50-46 win.
Inside the Box Score…
-Jordyn Miller led Southwestern with 15 points thanks to a 6-for-9 effort from the floor, and was the only Lady Builder to score more than seven points in the contest. Jana Reichenberger added seven points, while Jennifer Myers finished with six points.
-Miller also grabbed a game-high six rebounds, while Kenzi Taylor added five boards.
-Megan Kucks led Midland with 13 points as one of four Warriors to post double figures in the contest, while Paige Erickson led all rebounders with 11 boards.
-Southwestern shot 31.5 percent (17-54) from the floor, and 18.2 percent (4-22) from three-point range in Saturday's loss. The Lady Builders converted 72.7 percent (8-11) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Warriors, 47-34.
Saturday's loss drops Southwestern to 1-4 on the season. The Lady Builders will return to action Thursday, opening Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play by hosting the Bulldogs of McPherson College. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.