The women’s basketball team lost against the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday, Jan. 26, the score 66-70.
Despite the loss, head coach Amanda Davied believes the team “played well” but ultimately fell to the Ichabods.
“Well, I thought that we competed hard and we shared the basketball well at times.” Davied said. “The bad thing we did (is) we had a lot of turnovers and I think that led to some points on the other end for them… But we did some good things. We won the rebounding war, but it did not correlate into a win on the stat sheet.”
According to Davied, turnovers were the team’s downfall in this particular match.
“Turnovers were our nemesis.” Davied said. “We have to get that under control. Both of the last two games we have had we 20 turnovers and it is just something we have to really make better decisions on (on) the offensive end.”
Senior Shelby Lopez reached 1,000 career points in this match.
“Well, we are really proud of Shelby.” Davied said. “She has just been a great player in our program and for her to reach the 1,000 points milestone we couldn’t be prouder of her… She has made every effort to be a great player and a contributor to our program and it has really paid off for her. She will go down as one of our best players.”
Freshman Kaylee DaMitz made a total of five field goals, freshman Megan Scott and Lopez made four apiece, and freshman Sydnee Crain made a total of three. DaMitz, Lopez, and freshman Tristan Gegg all made two three-point shots apiece and Crain added one. Lopez and sophomore Maya Williams each scored four free throws and DaMitz and junior Meghan Maher each scored two. Scott scored a total of nine rebounds, Williams added six, and DaMitz and Lopez each scored three.
According to Davied, the team will be focusing on defense, offense, and controlling turnovers during practice this week to prepare for the next couple of matches.
“We are going to continue to focus on our defense then hopefully be bale to limit teams and their scoring and then we will obviously work on our offensive and then how to control our turnovers,” Davied said.
The team has two upcoming road matches against Northwest Missouri (Thursday, Jan. 31) and Missouri Western (Saturday, Feb. 2) this week, and is currently ranked 15-4 and 7-3 in MIAA.
“We expect that they are going to be extremely competitive.” Davied said. “Their win-loss (record) does not show how talented they are. It is just (that) every game in the league is tough; some you have to win and some you have to lose, and they have just been on the losing side a little bit more, but we know that they are very competitive… (These are) two tough places to play when you are on the road, so we are going to have to really show a lot of toughness and get two road wins.”