BENU Fends Off Stars' Second-Half Surge, 62-57Heggemann falls short of triple-double by one assist (15 points, 15 boards, 9 assists); Neal leads all scorers with 23
Jan. 7, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Ė (Box Score) The Stephens College basketball team (0-9, 0-3 AMC) erased a 14-point halftime deficit, however the second-half heroics stalled in the final minutes as Benedictine-Springfield defeated the Stars, 62-57.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and capitalized on turnovers to take a 40-26 lead into halftime. Sophomore guard Seleena Neal led all scorers at the break with 12 points.
Running a set play, Neal delivered a perfect backdoor pass to Jenna Zmyslony to spark an 8-0 run after halftime. In fact, it led to a resilient second-half performance in which the Stars outscored the home team 31-22. Stephens also held Benedictine-Springfield to 17 percent shooting to close out the ballgame.
Albeit a productive day shooting from the floor, the Starsí 27 turnovers turned out to be the difference maker in the down-to-the-wire game. The Stars were 22-for-50 from the field, shooting 44 percent, while the Bulldogs shot an abysmal 24 percent on 24-of-100 shooting.
A steal and breakaway layup by Seleena Neal narrowed the gap to one and with 4:46 left, senior guard Jenna Zmyslony knocked down the front-end of a shooting foul to tie the ballgame at 54-54. It remained a one-possession game up until the 25-second mark when BENUís Brittany Rush put the game out of reach with a two-pointer.
Neal finished three points above her season average with a game-high 23, while pitching in six rebounds and two assists. Fellow sophomore Dana Heggemann quietly came away with the most impressive stat line, registering 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, one shy of a triple-double.
The remainder of the Starsí starting five recorded at least six points and seven rebounds apiece: Zmyslony (7 points, 7 rebounds), freshman Michaella Sandy (6 points 10 rebounds) and senior Davielle McCoy (6 points, 8 rebounds).
Stephens finishes up its road swing with a 7 p.m. meeting on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.).