SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team fell to a nationally-ranked NAIA Div. I program for the second time in as many days Friday afternoon. The Lady Builders came up on the short end of a 74-56 margin against The Master's University at the Westmont Holiday Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Junior Jordyn Miller led all scorers with 23 points in Friday's contest. The Wichta, Kan., native shot 9-for-19 from the floor, and converted four of her six free throw attempts. Junior Taylor Henderson added seven points, while freshman Jazmyne Laskey finished with six points.
Megan Lindsley and Hannah Ostrom scored 13 points each to lead The Master's (8-3), which entered the game ranked No. 16 in the latest NAIA Div. I national poll.
Southwestern (8-8) shot 37 percent (20-54) from the floor, and 26.7 percent (4-15) from three-point range in Friday's tournament finale. The Lady Builders converted 75 percent (12-16) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Mustangs, 42-29.
Maddie Rogers scored the first points of the contest, and helped Southwestern take an 8-2 lead at the 7:12 mark of the opening quarter. TMU responded with a 7-2 run to pull within one, 10-9, with 4:01 remaining, but the Lady Builders never relinquished the lead in the period. The Mustangs scored the final two points of the quarter, but Southwestern took a 16-15 lead into the second quarter.
For the second time in as many games, a big second quarter spelled doom for the Lady Builders. The Master's opened the second quarter on a 6-2 run to take the lead, and never looked back. Kenzi Taylor dropped a triple to force a 21-21 tie with 7:23 remaining in the half, but TMU ended the half on a 13-1 run to take a 34-22 lead into the halftime intermission.
The Mustangs extended their lead throughout the second half. An 8-2 outburst late in the third quarter gave TMC a 53-35 lead with 1:05 to play in the third quarter. Southwestern answered with four-straight points to pull back to within 14 (53-39) at the end of the period, but that was as close as the Lady Builders could get. The Master's pushed its lead past 20 points for the first time (67-46) at the 4:25 mark, and led by as many as 22 (70-48) with 2:45 remaining, but Southwestern never stopped playing. The Lady Builders used an 8-2 run, and pulled to within 16 (72-56) after a Henderson triple inside the final minute, but the Mustangs scored the final bucket of the contest en route to the 74-56 final margin.
Friday's loss evens Southwestern's record at 8-8. The Lady Builders will return to action on Thursday, resuming Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play by hosting the arch-rival Falcons of Friends University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.