Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 4, 2003) - In a non-conference game against NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State University, the Golden Eagles were given a lesson in toughness as the Lions defeated JBU 61-45. Intimidation may be the factor as the Golden Eagles were cold shooting and had troubles running their offense against the strong Missouri Southern team. The Lions held the Golden Eagles scoreless for an 8 minutes stretch in the first period and ran the lead to 21-3 before coasting to a 32-18 half time advantage. The second half was better for the home team but the Golden Eagles were unable to overcome the 14-point halftime deficit.
Sophomore Kendra McCormick came alive in the second half to score 15 of her game high 20 points. No other JBU player was in double figures. Vonny Wilson, who also had 20 points in the winning effort, led MSSU.
“They are a strong and tough team. We just weren’t ready for that type of physical play tonight,” commented Coach Jeff Soderquist following the loss. “We must become more aggressive on the boards and on defense to play with teams of this caliber.”
With the loss, JBU drops to 8-2 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday at home against Lyon College in a 4:00 pm contest.