The 21-game winning streak that the Missouri Western womenâ€™s basketball team accumulated came to a screeching halt on Saturday against the 11th ranked Emporia State Hornets.
The Griffons held the lead 6-7 at the 16:37 mark in the first half of the game, and then all of the good fortune the women have had this season flipped on them. Emporia State played great basketball for the rest of the game and dismantled the Griffons in blowout fashion 63-83.
â€This will give us an attitude adjustment,â€ forward Jill Johnson said. â€œItâ€™ll give us a reason to get back to work. We arenâ€™t unbeatable.â€
The Griffons struggled to put the ball in the basket all game long, turned the ball over and hurried shots. When the Griffons got down, things got worse. The ladies pressed harder to core, but the harder they tried to force a comeback, the further they fell behind.
â€œWe were sluggish tonight,â€ Johnson said. â€œWeâ€™ll need to settle down.â€
The Griffons were held to 19-of-58 from the field — thatâ€™s 32 percent for the game — were out rebounded 34-to-45 and seemed to miss any key free throw that could have gotten them back into the game.
â€œI was a little disappointed that we didnâ€™t keep our composure,â€ head coach Josh Kiester said. â€œThey just played harder than we did.â€
Center Inga Buzoka and forward Tera Petersen both had sensational games for the Griffons in an otherwise lackluster performance by Griffons.
Like Johnson said, one bad game in 22 isnâ€™t bad at all, and the Griffons will have the chance to get back on the right track against Morningside on Monday.
Buzoka had 16 points and seven rebounds but only made 3-of-8 from the free throw line. Petersen also had 16 points on the game. She was 5-10 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from 3-point land.
Without these two women on the team Saturday night, the game could have been worse than a 20-point loss.
The bench for Emporia made a huge difference as well, scoring 32 points to Missouri Westernâ€™s seven. Guard Ashleigh Curry, the leader off the bench for the Griffons, was 0-of-9 and was out of rhythm the whole night.
Many fans from Missouri Western made the trip to Emporia to cheer on the Griffons and were really loud. For most of the game, the Missouri Western fans were louder than the Emporia State fans.
â€œWe had tremendous support tonight,â€ Kiester said. â€œTheyâ€™ve been behind us all season.â€