Women’s basketball team escape with a 65-59 victory on Jan. 16th, but it did not come easy.
Western struggled early in the game against Lindenwood University, who came in the game hoping to get their season back on track.
Both teams appeared to have trouble handling the ball early and late in the game, with both teams totaling over 20 turnovers. Coach Edmisson credited the Griffons turnovers to the speed that also happens to be one of their strengths.
“We threw the ball away 28 times to a team that does not press,” Edmisson said. “We are our own worst enemy. Sometimes our speed can be our worst enemy, and tonight it was.”
Western came out the gate scoring well, but the Lindenwood Lions would continue to answer the call to make it a close game.
Sarah Schnieders was the Lions leading scorer with 16 and added five rebounds. Schnieders also helped her team on the defensive side, by recording 5 steals.
The score was tied 23 all at Halftime with both teams desperately trying to pull away from each other.
The second half began with some solid rebounding by the Griffons, particularly by a player who was not regarded as the team’s main rebounder.
Guard KC Clouser finish the game with 11 rebounds and also added some energy to the Griffons lineup.
“I put in a lot effort,” Clouser said. “I try to pride myself on hustling and giving the team what we need on the court at that time. If we need rebounds, then I am going to try and get rebounds.”
Every time it looked like the Lions were making a run, Sharniece Lewis made it harder for them as she knocked down 13 points, while shooting 3-6 from behind the arc.
Lewis noted that the team being over anxious at time did cause some problems in the game but they came through at the end.
“We get wide open at times,” Lewis said. “And then we do little things that end up throwing us off. We could have had more leads in the game, but we just could not finish at times. We just have to execute and do things right.’
The game was tied at 53 with 1:30 left in the game. It was Western’s pressure defense and also a clutch shot from Heather Howard that sealed off the game.
Howard finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while JaQuitta Dever scored 10 and ended with a team high 5 steals.
Coach Edmisson felt that although they got the win, there are still some things that they need to work on moving forward in the season.
“I told players from day one that I am not about the win-loss record,” Edmisson said. “I am concerned more about quality of play. This is the time of year where you see teams trying to separate themselves, and we are not there yet.”