The Central Christian College of Kansas women's basketball team put up one of their best defensive efforts of the season on Saturday afternoon, holding the Eagles of Southwestern Christian University to just 59 points after giving up 90 points in their first meeting. Unfortunately, it was just barely too much for the Lady Tigers, as they came up just short in the 58-59 loss.
In a defensive struggle, the first quarter became a contest of who could miss fewer shots. The Eagles went 2-for-20 from the floor, while the Tigers went 4-for-13. The Eagles collected nine of their own misses, but were unable to convert those second chance opportunities, finishing with just six points in the quarter while the Tigers had 10. In the second quarter, the buckets were still hard to come by, but the Eagles compensated by working their way to the free throw line. They would outscore the Tigers 17-10 in the quarter and take a 23-20 lead into halftime. Coming out of halftime, the Tigers would finally start getting points up on the board by making their way to the foul line and converting all seven of their free throws. This would help them cut the lead to just one at 39-40 at the end of the third quarter. In the final quarter, the Tigers would take their first lead since the 7:30 mark in the second quarter with an 8-2 run that included a couple three-pointers by Tania Lowe that put the Tigers up 47-42. The Eagles would fight right back with a 7-1 run of their own, to retake the lead at 48-49. The teams would go back-and-forth until a minute left in the game with both teams tied at 55. The Eagles would inbound the ball and make an errant pass, and Tania Lowe went diving for the loose ball. The ball would go out of bounds off her hands, but she believed that she was held on the play by an Eagle player. She voiced her frustration to the official, and would be issued a technical foul, giving the Eagles two free throws and the ball. The Eagles would convert both free throws to take the 57-55 lead, then would head back to the free throw line with 10 seconds left. This time they would convert just one free throw, giving the Tigers hope being down just three points with 10 seconds left. Coming out of the timeout, however, there was confusion on what the Tigers were running, and the ball would be thrown out of bounds. The Eagles would make one more free throw to make it a four-point game, with just under three seconds to go. Piper Kalthoff would convert the three point shot to make it a one-point game, but the time had run off the clock, making it a 58-59 final score.
The stats weren't pretty for either team. The Tigers finished the game 19-for-64 (29.7 percent) from the floor, including 9-for-39 (23.1 percent) from three and 11-for-13 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line. The Eagles shot 19-for-63 (30.2 percent) from the floor, including 4-for-18 (22.2 percent) from three and 17-for-23 (73.9 percent) from the free throw line. The Tigers created havoc all night on the defensive end and turned that chaos into 28 points off turnovers. The Eagles outrebounded the Tigers with 46 total rebounds, including 14 offensive rebounds compared to the Tigers' 40 total rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds. However, it was the Tigers who had more second chance points, 11-7.
Holly Golden had a big night for the Tigers, leading all scorers with 17 points, and she collected 10 rebounds as well. Jessica Patterson made a big contribution as well with 10 points and seven rebounds. For the Eagles, Kylee Vestal came off the bench and led them with 16 points. The sharpshooter was responsible for all four of the Eagles' three-pointers (4-of-7). Andi McGill finished with a double-double for the Eagles with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Tigers will begin their string of five straight road games next week, starting with Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m..