Griffon women lose round two battle against Washburn

On Wednesday the Missouri Western women faced the No. 6 ranked Lady Blues for a second straight time, looking for a different outcome, but this matchup turned out to be the same. Western fell to the No. 1 team in the MIAA 60-45 to bring the Griffons’ record to 13-9 and 6-8 in MIAA play. Just like last week, the Griffons kept it close in the first half going into halftime, losing 29-23. The Griffons had their largest and only lead in the first half at the 16:01 mark, leading 7-4. "It wasn’t a good night shooting for us," senior guard Alicia Bell said. The Lady Blues went on a 13-2 run to lead the Griffons 17-9. The Griffons responded with their own run, making it 17-16 at the 6:22 mark then the rest of the half was a back and forth battle. In the second half, the Lady Blues decided to turn up the throttle. "We weren’t aggressive attacking the rim and didn’t make layups," Bell said. At the 8:36 mark, the Griffons would never get another field goal with Washburn leading 40-46. "We turned the ball over too many times, making that the pivotal point of the game," Western coach Rob Edmisson said. The Griffons made just five free throws the rest of the game, leaving the outcome to a 60-45 win for the Lady Blues. “We needed to finish and we weren’t converting,” Western forward Heather Howard said. Washburn outscored the Griffons 31-22 in the second half. Western went 15-for-46, shooting 32.6 percent field goal shooting for the game. “Missing free throws and layups deflates you,” Edmisson said. The Griffons went 2-for-11 on 18.2 percent shooting behind the 3-point line and shot 13-for-26 free throws on the night. "We missed too many free throws and the free throws could’ve made the game tight down the stretch," Edmisson said. Heather Howard recorded a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. This is Heather Howard's twelfth double-double this season. Brittany Griswold added nine points and grabbed three rebounds while Alicia Bell added four points with three rebounds. The Griffons were outrebounded 45-28 and got outscored 30-14 in the paint. “We need to make a better effort to get into the boards,” Heather Howard said. "We didn’t create enough second shots and we didn’t get offensive rebounds; we hurt ourselves," Edmisson said. The Griffons only had nine second chance points for the game. February has been a tough road for the Griffon Women, going on a three-game losing streak. [gallery ids="15780,15781,15783,15782,15784,15785,15786,15787,15791,15790,15789,15788,15792,15793,15794,15795,15799,15798,15797,15796,15800,15801,15802,15803"]

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