The Central Christian College women's basketball team dropped their first conference game on Friday night, losing to the Northern New Mexico College Eagles 61-83, on the first night of the "A.I.I. Classic".
The culprits were poor shooting and turnovers. The Tigers just couldn't get enough going to keep pace with the Eagles. They trailed the visitors 17-9 at the first break, and then by 14 at halftime, 21-35.
For the half, the Tigers shot just 22 percent from the field, and made just 3 of 15 three pointers. The offense was a bit better in the third and fourth quarters, but it wasn't enough to get them out of the first half hole they dug for themselves. The Tigers were outscored in the second half by just eight points but wound up losing by 22, 61-83.
The Eagles pressed the Tigers at nearly every opportunity, and it resulted in 25 turnovers which they turned into 21 points on the other end. The Eagles also dominated the Tigers inside. They scored over half of their points in the paint, while the Tigers managed just 18.
A quartet of Tigers finished the game with double figures, led by Abbie Banks with 17. Kelsey Grimaldo was next with 15, followed by Alexa Gonzales with 11, and Rebekah Glessner with 10. The Tigers outrebounded the larger Eagles 50-41. Haylee Floyd was the Tigers' leading rebounder with 12, followed by Glessner with nine, and Ridglea Hearne with eight.
"Not a good night for us defensively – we were very soft, and didn't do a very good job of executing our game plan,” head coach Chris Honeck said. “At the offensive end of the court, we were very tentative in the first half, though I felt we did a much better job in the second half of doing what we wanted to do. We made way too many mistakes against their press, and allowed them to get easy baskets."
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 8-8, and 1-1 in A.I.I. Conference play. They will be back on the court Saturday on day two of the "A.I.I. Classic", matched up against the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats. Tipoff is slated for 4 p.m.