Golden Eagle Women Lose Heartbreaker to No. 1 Southern Nazarene

Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 19, 2004) — A tale of two halves was the story for JBU on Thursday night in Siloam Springs as the Golden Eagles fell to NAIA No. 1 Southern Nazarene University 54-52. Leading 27-24 at the intermission, the Golden Eagles came out in the second period and extended the lead to 8 points at 43-35 on the shooting of Lesli Fanning and Ashley Wettengel with 8:37 to play. Fanning stole a pass and was fouled on the lay-up to allow JBU to push the lead out to 8 points. The Crimson Storm came right back on 8 points by Katie Snodgrass to knot the score at 43 with 5:18 left in the game. From that point, the lead changed hands 3 times before the final outcome. JBU’s Alicia Baer scored the last Golden Eagle point on a free throw to put JBU in the lead 52-50 with 1:07 left in the game. One free throw by SNU’s Ndeye Ndiaye and 3 by Snodgrass in the last minute gave the Crimson Storm the win.

Fanning led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 13 points and Kendra McCormick scored 10 in the losing effort. Wettengel led JBU with 6 rebounds. Snodgrass led the Crimson Storm in scoring with 13 points.

“Our defense did a good job tonight, but offensively we could not get our timing down and failed to score when we had the opportunities,” Coach Jeff Soderquist remarked following the loss. “It was a real battle as we were able to hold their offense to 23 points less than they are averaging this season.”

The Golden Eagles are now 20-8 for the season and 9-6 in SAC play. Southern Nazarene is now 26-1 and 14-0. JBU will be at home again on Saturday for a 6:00 pm game with Oklahoma Christian University.