WICHITA, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team committed a season-high 33 turnovers, and dropped a rivalry contest to a nationally-ranked opponent Saturday evening. The Lady Builders fell to the Falcons of No. 14-ranked Friends University, 71-50, inside the Garvey Center in Wichita.
Junior Jordyn Miller led all scorers with 26 points, and was the only Lady Builder to post double figures in the contest. Playing in her home town, Miller went 11-for-18 from the floor, and added six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Senior Kenzi Taylor added eight points, while freshman Jazmyne Laskey finished with seven points. Laskey and Me'Shelle Parker each grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in the contest.
Shann Sellers led Friends with a 25-point, 10-rebound, 10-steal triple-double.
Southwestern shot 46.5 percent (20-43) from the floor, and 26.7 percent (4-15) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 60 percent (6-10) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Falcons, 39-37.
Turnovers emerged as a major storyline throughout the contest. A season-high 33 Lady Builder turnovers accounted for more than half of Friends' offensive production. The Falcons scored 36 of their 71 points off of turnovers.
Friends (23-4, 19-1 KCAC) scored the first seven points of the contest and never looked back. Back-to-back Jordyn Miller buckets brought the Lady Builders back to within three, 7-4, at the 6:37 mark, but the Falcons responded with nine-straight points to take a 16-4 advantage at the 3:35 mark. Miller was the only Lady Builder to score in the period, and finished with 10 points in the period, but her efforts still left Southwestern on the short end of a 24-12 first-quarter deficit.
Me'Shelle Parker followed a Jazmyne Laskey free throw with a three-ball as part of a 6-1 Lady Builder run over the first three minutes of the second half. Miller capped the run with a bucket at the 6:29 mark to pull the Lady Builders to within seven (25-18), but Friends countered with a 6-2 spurt to push its lead back to 31-20 with 4:30 to play. Miller, Kenzi Taylor and Laskey each scored over the next four minutes to help Southwestern cut the gap to 31-26, but the Falcons scored the final points of the half, and held a 33-26 halftime lead.
Friends scored the first six points of the second half, and quickly pushed its lead back to 39-26. Southwestern drained three triples as part of an 11-4 run over the next three minutes. The second of back-to-back Taylor Henderson treys pulled the Lady Builders back to within six, 43-37, with 6:14 still to play in the quarter. Friends pushed its lead back to 11 with a triple at the three-minute mark, but Miller scored the final points of the third quarter, and Southwestern faced a 50-41 deficit heading to the fourth quarter.
The final period was all Falcons. Friends forced 11 fourth-quarter turnovers, and limited the Lady Builders to just 2-for-6 shooting from the floor. The Falcons, meanwhile went 8-for-16 from the floor, including three triples, and blew the game open. Friends never led by less than 10 in the final period, and ran away over the last 10 minutes en route to the 71-50 win.
Saturday's loss drops Southwestern to 13-15 on the season, and 9-11 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Thursday, hosting the Spires of the University of Saint Mary for Senior Night. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.