The McPherson College women's basketball team dropped their second game in a row, falling at home to the Southwestern College Moundbuilders 63-59.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start offensively, and by the end of the opening period of play, they trailed the visitors 15-11. Things continued to snowball at the start of the second quarter when the Moundbuilders opened the period on a 9-0 run to take a 24-11 lead with 7:22 remaining in the half. The lead was 14 with just over four minutes to go when the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run of their own to cut the lead back down to single digits. However, all the work they did to get back into the game, was undone in the final two minutes of the half. The Moundbuilders closed out the second quarter on another 9-0 run to take a 17 point lead into the break, 38-21.
For the half, the Bulldog offense was shooting just 26 percent from the floor on 9 of 34 shooting, and were 0 for 12 from beyond the three-point arc. Bulldogs coach Josh Nichols lit a fire under his team at halftime, and they responded in the second half. The Moundbuilder scored the first bucked of the third quarter to extend their lead to 19 points, 40-21. From there, the Bulldogs got on a roll, and outscored their counterparts 21-8 and cut trimmed the lead back to six, 48-42 heading into the final ten minutes of play.
The Bulldogs started the fourth quarter by picking up where they left off at the end of the third. They outscored the moundbuilders 13-7 over the first five and a half minutes to tie the game at 55. On their next possession, they took the lead 57-55, for the first time since the 6:47 mark in the first quarter. The Bulldogs' had seized the momentum, and it appeared they might continue to expand the lead, but the Moundbuilders got back up off the mat, and scored eight of the final ten points to retake the lead and secure the win 63-59.
The Bulldogs shot the ball better in the second half (38 percent), to finish at 33 percent for the game, but still struggled from three point land, only making 2 of 9 attempts. Defensively, they forced the Moundbuilders into 31 turnovers, but they struggled to keep them off the glass, where they held a 46 to 35 advantage over the Bulldogs.
Individually, the Bulldogs had three players finish in double figures in scoring, led by Brittany Roberts, who had her KCAC leading eighth double double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Maison Moseley with 15 and Danielle Holt with 10.
"I was proud of the fight we showed tonight," Nichols said. "Unfortunately we put ourselves in a bad spot in the 2nd quarter." He continued, "Brittany and Maison continue to carry us just need some more help on the offensive end."
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 5-5 overall on the season, and 1-3 in conference play. They will look to right the ship next week on Tuesday when they travel north to York, Nebraska for a date with the York College Panthers. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.