Olathe, Kan. (November 1, 2011) - Despite having three players finish in double digits, the JBU women’s basketball team lost 57-53 to Mid-America Nazarene on Tuesday night in Olathe, Kansas in their season opener.
Sophomores Jessica Berlin and Kortni Barenberg led the scoring effort for JBU with 11 points apiece followed by freshman Morgan Ankrom with 10. Barenberg also had six rebounds.
MNU (1-0) got a game high 13 points and four boards from Rachel Boan.
After falling behind 33-27 at halftime, the Lady Eagles pulled within four, 35-31 after a bucket by Barenberg at the 18:26 mark. But MNU responded with a 12-0 run that pushed their lead to 16 with 11:53 left to play. JBU regrouped, however, and cut it back to a single digit game after a three point conversion from freshman Lauren Rogers with 6:35 remaining making it 49-40.
After trading buckets the next few possession, JBU managed to get some momentum and put together a 9-2 run, which made it 57-53 with under: 10 seconds left to play. But it would be too late as time expired and the ladies picked up their first loss of the year.
For the game, JBU shot 31% (18-58) from the floor, while giving up 37% (20/54) to MNU. The ladies were also out rebounded 44-34.
The ladies will remain on the road for their next two games before heading home for their season opener on Friday, Nov. 18. Up next however, the ladies will compete in the two-day Ozarks Classic in Branson, Mo. on Nov. 11-12 where they’ll take on South Dakota School of the Mines next week Friday and Black Hills State (S.D.) on Saturday.