The Missouri Western women’s basketball team came back to their home court Wednesday, Jan. 13, to take on the Truman State Bulldogs, winning 65-59 after being behind by eight points in the first half.
Western made 13 of 16 free throws and shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the second half. Junior guard Lauren Nolke led the Griffons with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting and with a perfect 3 of 3 from outside the arc.
“I think it’s similar to the Quincy game it’s just we got down and we had nothing left to lose,” Nolke said. “We just went out there in the second half and just played harder and knew that if we wanted to win we had to stay focused and play ten times harder than the first half.”
The lady bulldogs shot 24 of 63 field goal attempts and 4 of 17 from three-point land. Breanna Daniels led Truman State with 13 and Becka McHenry added 10.
Western’s sophomore forward Jessica Koch was taken out of the game at the 12:45 mark in the second half after an elbow to her face which broke her nose and left her out of the game until 4:55 left to play. Western was behind 42 to 39, but after Koch’s injury, the Griffons brought the score up to a 56 to 54 lead by the time she was back in.
“I came back out and they were holding their own,” Koch said. “I was really proud of them and how they handled that. They were penetrating the basket and doing what they were suppose to do.”
Missouri Western Women’s basketball coach Lynn Plett said Western started doing better on defense in the second half.
“I really believe missed lay ups and free throws are really a reflection on your focus and I think our focus improved,” Plett said. “When things are going well for us we get more enthusiastic and we play a little harder and we play more.”
Western completed the game with 11 assists and 6 steals. Koch scored 15 points and sophomore forward Kristin Bush scored a career high 14 points.
The Griffons are now 5-13 and 3-6 in the MIAA. They will next face the Pittsburg State Gorillas this Saturday, Jan. 30, at home at 5:30 p.m.