STERLING—Despite five Bulldogs scoring in double figures, and a double double from Brittany Roberts, the Mac ladies fell to the Sterling College Warriors, on the road, 83-67.
The Bulldogs dug themselves a hole in the opening quarter, trailing the Warriors 25-14 at the end of the first 10 minutes of action. In the second quarter, the Bulldogs maintained their pace, scoring 16 points in the period, but they were unable to stop the Warriors on the defensive end of the floor. At the halftime intermission, the 11 point 1st quarter deficit had been extended to 14, 44-30.
The second half was relatively even between the Bulldogs and Warriors. The home team took the third quarter 26-22 and extended their overall lead to 70-52. The Bulldogs came back and won the final period 15-13, making the final score 83-67.
Brooke DeLuca led the Bulldog offense with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. She was joined in double figures by Asya Tims, Roberts, who scored 11 points, but also grabbed 13 rebound to record her fourth double-double of the season, and Bela Raimondi and Kyrstin Branscum who both added 10.
Statistically, it was mixed bag for the Bulldogs, and despite the loss, there were several positives to build on moving forward. As has become a theme, at least in KCAC play, the Bulldogs struggled to find their offense. In the first five conference games, the Bulldogs are shooting 32 percent from the floor, making 97-of-303 field goal attempts. They have really struggled from behind the arc, where they are just 19 percent in their last five games, making 20-of-108. Against the Warriors, they were 22-of-58 from the floor, and 7-of-22 from deep.
Where the Bulldogs excelled on Thursday night, was on the glass. They beat the Warriors on boards 33-30, and they had 11 offensive boards to just six for Sterling. They turned those 11 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points, while the Warriors only were able to score four points on their second chances. Another positive for the Bulldogs was the balanced scoring they had on Thursday. Thursday's loss to the Warriors was the first time since the "Mayor's Cup" that they had more than three players score in double figures.
Coach Nichols believes his team may have turned a corner against the Warriors on Thursday. He said, "I felt like we played better tonight, and got out of our funk."
He praised the play of the Warriors, who are undefeated on the season and ranked 13th in the latest NAIA top 25 poll saying, "give Sterling a lot of credit, they made more plays to will the game, but there were a lot of positives for us to take away from the game."
The loss is the fifth in a row for the Bulldogs, and they fall to 5-5 overall, and 0-5 in the KCAC. They will look to end the streak when they return home to the friendly confines of the Sport Center on Saturday. They will host the Southwestern College Moundbuilder, who have just one KCAC win thus far, at 3 p.m.