Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 19, 2004) - Making their first ever appearance in the NAIA National Women’s Basketball Tournament, JBU was defeated in the opening round by Georgetown (KY) 60-48 in Jackson, TN. Despite a season high 17 points by Alicia Baer, the Golden Eagles were not able to overcome the taller Tigers and ended with a season low point total of 48 points.
Twenty-nine turnovers proved to be costly to the Golden Eagles as those mistakes resulted in numerous opportunities on the offensive end for Georgetown. Less than average shooting from beyond the three-point arc also was a factor in the loss. JBU shot only 18% in the first half and ended the game with only 22% from three-point range, well below the season average of 33.3%.
JBU out rebounded the taller Tigers by a 39-34 margin, but were unable to convert those rebounds into points by put backs or in the transition game. SAC Freshman of the Year Ashley Wettengel led the Golden Eagles in rebounds with 9.
The Golden Eagles took an early lead in the game but fell behind 32-27 at the half. Then with 17:50 remaining in the game, JBU took a 1 point lead at 34-33 but were unable to sustain the momentum finally falling to the 12 point deficit at the end of the game.
“We had a very good season and although we are disappointed to lose tonight, we have to look at the entire year and what we have accomplished. This is a young team and there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years. We need to use this year as a starting point and build for the future,” said JBU Coach Jeff Soderquist.