The Griffons fell for the seventh straight time 73-67 to Truman State in Kirksville last Saturday.
Freshman Kayla Vice’s 19 points couldn’t pull Western past Truman, as the Griffons fall to 7-18 overall and 5-13 in the MIAA.
It was back and forth through the first twelve minutes of the game before each team went on a pair of runs. The Bulldogs went on a 12 to three run to give them an eight-point lead. Then over the last four minutes, the Griffons went on an 11 to six run, putting them down 35-29 at halftime.
At the half, Charlonda Bozeman led Missouri Western with seven points, while forward Jessica Koch led the team with eight rebounds.
Each team had 22 rebounds in the first half. The Griffons went to the free throw line more than Truman but only shot 60 percent, while Truman shot five of six and 83 percent. The biggest lead of the first half was when the Bulldogs were up by eleven. Truman had three players with six points in the first twenty minutes.
The second half started and the Griffons tried to cut into the lead of the Bulldogs, but the Bulldogs weren’t going to give it up easily. After the media timeout, when Western was down by six, they were then able to go on an 11 to four run.
With nine minutes to go, Vice gave the Griffons a 48-47 lead. That though would be the last time they would see the lead, as the Bulldogs then went on a 9-3 run. That would be it for the Griffons in Kirksville, as they fell for an unlucky seventh straight time.
“Losing the game was disappointing for us,” Jessica Koch said. “We just didn’t start off the game with as much intensity as we needed to have against them because they came out strong.”
The Griffons were led by Vice with 19 points and Brittany Casady followed with 10 respectively. Koch had a career high 13 rebounds, but the Western women were still out-rebounded 39 to 43, which has been a big problem in all their losses this year.
“Defending the three has been an issue as well as keeping the other team from getting rebounds,” Koch said.
The Griffons will finish up the season playing the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m.