The Tigers fell to 4-5 on the season on Friday night with a 107-76 loss to Evangel University.
The Tigers fell to 4-5 on the season on Friday night with a 107-76 loss to Evangel University. The game was part of Missouri Southern State University's Thanksgiving Classic tournament. The Tigers were coming off of a 71-55 win on Thursday night over Ozark Christian College but were out gunned by the EU Evangels. CCC hung tough with the Evangels for the first twenty minutes. They led Evangel by six at the 15 minute mark, but ended up trailing at the break by ten points, 40-50. In the second half, EU put things into overdrive and ran away from Central, outscoring the Tigers 57-36. The biggest difference in the game was the three point shooting of both teams. Both teams shot around 38 percent from behind the arc. The difference was that CCC took just 16 treys, making 6 of them, while the Evangels took 39 and made 15. "I've always been pleased with the effort the girls put forth,” Central coach Chris Honeck said, “now we just need to clean up some details. Tonight, we didn't rebound we'll enough or get back on defense we'll enough, which led to a lot of easy baskets for Evangel.” Quamisha Spence, who struggled to find her rhythm against lowly Ozark Christian, came out firing on all cylinders against Evangel, who is a division one member of the NAIA. Spence was 13 of 20 from the floor and 3 of 4 from behind the three point arc to lead the Tigers with 29 points. She was one rebound shy of her 5th double double of the season with 9 boards. Krystina Powell was the only other Tiger to score in double figures, though Libby Regier and Kadetra O'Brine were just a point shy with nine points each. Powell was 4 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 6 from the free throw line for 13 points. “At times, we were really good offensively,” Honeck said. “Anytime you put 76 points on the board, you're doing something right. If we can fix some of our defensive issues, we'll be in very good shape. Luckily, we get to get back out on the court right away tomorrow and work to get better." The 4-5 Tigers will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for their third game in as many days. CCC will be taking on Avila University in the MSSU Thanksgiving Classic at 1 p.m.