McPherson College’s women got better in some areas Saturday at the Sport Center, but regressed in others against Southwestern Christian University.
The result was a 72-64 loss, though first-year Mac coach Cy Rolfs came away happier than he has from other games.
“There were a lot of positives,” said Rolfs, whose 2-7 team is now off until Dec. 2 when it opens KCAC play at home against potential conference champion Kansas Wesleyan. “Obviously we shot the ball better and things ran smoother. We did a good job of rebounding (46-35 advantage) and made free throws (14 of 17).”
But then there were those 29 turnovers, which probably was the difference in the game.
“I knew we had some at crucial points, but I didn’t realize that we had 29,” Rolfs said. “That hurts, that really hurts.”
Mac’s Brooke Sloan hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cap a 13-2 run and give the Bulldogs a 31-28 lead. But the Lady Eagles came out fast to start the second half, 16-3, and were able to keep the lead comfortable enough that there wasn’t any stress at the end.
Mac’s Kristen Ozbun, logging 38 minutes, scored 24 points and Elice Frey added 12. Mac shot 37 percent from the field, much better than what it shot in Friday’s loss to Peru State.
Danyel Moses poured in 23 to lead the Lady Eagles.
Mac (64) -- Slater 0 1-2 1; Weisenburger 2 2-2 6; S. Gillespie 2 0-0 6; Ozbun 9 2-2 24; Sloan 2 0-0 6; Frey 4 4-5 12; Florian 2 0-0 4; Verdeick 0 5-6 5. Totals -- 21 14-17 64. 3-pointers -- Ozbun 4, S. Gillespie 2, Sloan 2.
Southwestern Christian (72) -- Shand 1 0-0 2; Sandy 3 1-3 10; Sanders 2 0-2 5; Burner 3 5-6 11; McIntosh 2 8-10 13; Moses 9 4-5 23; Davis 2 0-1 4; Flynn 2 0-2 4. Totals -- 24 18-29 72. 3-pointers -- Sandy 3, Sanders 1, McIntosh 1, Moses 1.