Western women fell 73-56 to the Northeastern RiverHawks Saturday afternoon at the MWSU Fieldhouse. The Griffons ran out of gas in the second half and couldn’t cut into the large Northeastern lead.
“I feel like we came out a little weak it’s just one of those days,” guard Cassey Sobaski said. Missouri Western shot 22-for-66, 33.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from behind the 3-point line going 7-for-24.
“You got to make baskets,” Coach Rob Edmisson said. After the game was tied at 11-11 with a Brittany Griswold lay-up Northeastern went on a 8-0 run putting the score to 19-13 with 7:37 left.
Needing a spark, Edmisson put in Sobaski and she led the charge to put the Griffons on a 10-0 run and a lead. Sobaski had 10 points off the bench.
“I’ve always been a 3-point shooter and I work hard on that everyday,” Sobaski said. Western led the game 27-23 with 3:19 seconds left in the first half.
“I thought we came out in the first half right in it are guards did a tremendous job switching,” Griswold said.
Going into halftime, Western was down 30-29. In the first half the Griffons only attempted two free throws and made one of them. Northeastern went 9-for-17 from the free throw line.
In the second half, after a Griswold 3-pointer, Northeastern went on a 5-0 run to make the score 34-39 at the 15:10 mark. Griswold scored five straight points for Western to close the lead to 39-42 but Northeastern went on another run scoring five consecutive points to make the score 39-47 at 12:39. “They got easy lay-ups on us,” said Griswold.
Then Western started to run out of gas at the 11:06 mark when the score was 43-47 Northeastern leading. Northeastern went on a 9-0 run making the lead 43-56 with 8:08 left in the game, Western couldn’t come back from the deficit. “We just lost momentum,” said Griswold.
Griswold had 16 of the Griffons 27 points in the half. Griswold had a game high 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
“It’s unfortunate when you lose to look at individual performances when Sobaski came in and knocked down shots and Brittany came in and played good,” Edmisson said. Missouri Western out-rebounded Northeastern 40-37 but had more turnovers than the Riverhawks with 16 while Northeastern had 13.
“We just have to have everybody step up offensively we have the talent we just have to get tough,” Griswold said.