Poor Shooting Sinks Bulldogs at Southwestern

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McPherson College Athletics

WINFIELD— A tough shooting night for the McPherson College women’s basketball team led to a 71-65 loss on the road to the Southwestern College Moundbuilders.

For the game, the Bulldog offense shot just 28 percent from the floor making 19 of 68 shots. Behind the three-point arc, they were only good on 10 percent of their tries, going 2 for 20. The thing that kept them in the game was their performance at the free-throw line. The officials awarded the Bulldogs 38 free throw attempts, and the ladies capitalized on 25 of them.

Despite the poor shooting, the Bulldogs held tough for three of the four periods. At the end of the first quarter, the Builders led 13-12, thanks to a three-pointer at the buzzer. The deficit increased in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs were still within striking distance, trailing by five, 32-27.

After the break, the Bulldogs responded, outscoring Southwestern in the third period, 23-16 and taking a two-point lead, 55-53 heading into the final ten minutes of play. In the final period, the Bulldogs gave back all the ground they made up in the third. Southwestern outscored the Mac ladies 23-15 in the period to secure the six-point victory.

The Bulldog offense had four players end up scoring in double figures, paced by Brittany Roberts, who recorded another double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The other three Bulldogs in double figures were  Danielle Holt, Kyrstin Branscum and Elle Gillen, who each chipped in 10 points.

“Tough shooting night for us,” Bulldog head coach Josh Nichols said. “Luckily we went to the line 38 times. Credit the Moundbuilders. They made clutch shots down the stretch. There some good moments for a lot of players, we just have to finish better.”

The loss drops the 10-12 overall and 6-10 in KCAC play. They will be back in the friendly confines of the Sport Center on Saturday hosting the York College Panthers at 3 p.m.

MAC (65) – Roberts (15), Holt (10), Branscum (10), Gillen (10), Moseley (8), Jarvis (4), Schultehenrich (3), Hurst (3), Griffin (2).

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