Siloam Springs, Ark. (February 13, 2004) - With the exception of Ashley Wettengel and Kendra McCormick, the Golden Eagle basketball women had trouble connecting offensively and ended with a 73-60 loss to the Drovers of USAO. Wettengel had a season high 21 points and McCormick equaled her second high scoring night of the season with 22 to give the JBU team their only real scoring punch. The Golden Eagles were able to score only 20 points in the opening period and fell behind 37-20 at the intermission. In that opening frame only 3 JBU players were able to score with 15 of the points coming from McCormick’s 3 field goals and 9 free throws.
Turnovers were a major factor in the loss as the Drovers forced the Golden Eagles into giving up the ball on 24 occasions resulting in 24 of the USAO points. Except for the Oklahoma City game on February 5, the Golden Eagles have not given up the ball that many times all season.
“Our focus was not on the game in the first half and that led to our destruction tonight,” offered Coach Jeff Soderquist after the game. “We did challenge them in the second half, outscoring them 40-36, but were too far back to catch up. We need to regroup now and be ready on Saturday when we face Northwestern.”
The Golden Eagles fall to 8-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and 19-7 overall. Saturday’s game will be in Alva, Oklahoma against the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers at 1:00 pm.