Siloam Springs, Ark. (December 13, 2008) - The JBU women’s basketball team dropped a 58-67 decision to Rogers State (Okla.) on Saturday afternoon. The loss moves the ladies to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in the SAC as they head into the Christmas break.
Ashley Taylor (Bergman, Ark.) finished with 18 points and 10 boards for JBU.
Autumn Thompson paced RSU (6-4, 2-2) with 14 points. Effanesia Baker added 12.
In the first half, JBU found themselves down 10-17 after Thompson capped off a 10-0 run to give her team a seven point lead with 9:07 left in the half. JBU fought back to tie things up at 17-17 after Emily Ortiz (Tulsa, Okla.) hit two free throws at the 6:47 mark.
Near the end of the half, RSU took the lead, and with a minute left , Baker drained a deep trey to give her team a 28-20 cushion before Thompson converted a three-point play giving RSU a 31-22 halftime lead.
At 11:17 in the second period, Baker gave RSU their largest lead of the afternoon, 48-33, after making both ends of bonus free-throw attempts. Two minutes later, JBU would come within eight points, after Katie Mangels (Kansas City, Mo.) banked a three and nailed several consecutive freebies to cut it to 40-48. That’s as close as it would get as RSU was able to hold on down the stretch.
On the day, JBU shot 20-of-50 for 40 percent but continued to struggle from long distance only nailing 3-of-24 attempts for 12 percent. The women also went 15-of-26 (57.7 %) from the free-throw line. In the rebounding column, JBU won the battle, grabbing 44 boards to 32 from RSU. However, the ladies only forced 11 turnovers while committing 20.
For RSU, they shot 21-of-57 for 36.8 percent including 8-of-21 (38.1 %) from three. RSU also went 17-of-27 (63%) from the charity stripe.
JBU will be away from action for the next two weeks but returns to play at home on Jan. 3 against Oklahoma Christian at 6 p.m.