By: Jalen Pauley
This week, Missouri Western women’s basketball traveled to Bolivar, Missouri, to take on the Bearcats of Southwest Baptist University after just beating them a week ago in St. Joseph. The outcome for this game was far different as the Griffons ended up losing this game 62-82, dropping them to 7-9 in conference play.
Defense was the key component in this Griffon’s blowout loss against SBU. The Griffons got outscored in every quarter of play, and, at one point, let the Bearcats go on a 20-7 run late in the third that carried over into the fourth and allowed the Bearcats to go up 20 with 6:24 still left in the game.
“Defense was our problem tonight. We were giving up wide-open shots,” senior guard Brittany Atkins said. “They killed us from the 3-point line, and the threes weren’t even contested threes. They were wide open.”
The Bearcats shot an outstanding 52.9 percent from beyond the arc and 50.9 percent overall for the game.
The Griffons’ offense also struggled this game, and they were not able to make shots that they usually make. Senior guard Katrina Roenfeldt, who’s usually a go-to scorer for the Griffons, ended the first half with zero points, shooting 0-4.
“They shot really good today and had a really good game,” Roenfeldt said. “Our defense had too many breakdowns, and we just couldn’t recover. They knew our player personnel really well and played us really well today.”
The Griffons just couldn’t seem to find their offense for this game. With two players combining for more than half of their points, the Griffons couldn’t find any other offensive production from their team. Not scoring for a full eight minutes in the third quarter put a nail in the coffin for the Griffons chance of winning.
“The scouting report didn’t change a whole lot between now and seven days ago when we beat them at our home,” coach Edmisson said. “KT got off to a bad start for us, and they got off to a great start. We came out in a stretch and didn’t score for eight minutes, and you can’t win many games if you can’t score for eight minutes.”
The Lady Griffons have three more important games coming up before tournament play. Their next game is against No. 3 ranked Central Missouri on the road. The Griffons just played the Mules last week at the Fieldhouse and ended up losing 68-74. The game is Saturday Feb. 23 in Warrensburg , Missouri.