Stars Fall on the Road at Hannibal-LaGrange, 72-50Sophomore guard Seleena Neal torched the Lady Trojan defense for a game-high 27 points
Jan. 9, 2014
HANNIBAL, Mo. – (Box Score) Following a nailbiter at Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.), the Stephens College basketball team encountered a strong-shooting Hannibal-LaGrange squad on Thursday (Jan. 9), falling on the road, 72-50.
A highlight for the Stars on Thursday was a drastic improvement in free-throw shooting. In fact, Stephens was near perfect from the charity stripe, hitting on 10-of-11 free throw attempts for 90.9 percent.
Hannibal-LaGrange set the tone early jumping out to a 19-8 lead and kept at least a six-point cushion for the entire half. At halftime, the Lady Trojans led the Stars 34-19, specifically behind the consistent shooting of bench players Sarah Cline (9 points) and Anna Bucher (7 points). In addition to shooting 50 percent from beyond-the-arc, HLGU also outrebounded the Stars 20-12.
Stephens guard Seleena Neal led all scorers with 12 points at the break and added three steals to her stat line. Forwards Dana Heggemann and Davielle McCoy rounded out the scoring with 4 and 3 points, respectively.
The Stars had a hot start to the second half going 3-for-3 in their first three offensive possessions. Getting in on the scoring action were seniors Jenna Zmyslony, Davielle McCoy, capped off by a Seleena Neal 3-pointer. Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans matched the Stars’ offensive success point-for-point and prevented the Stars from finding any traction.
On multiple occasions, the Stephens team chipped away at the Lady Trojans’ lead, but was unable to bring the game back into single digits.
Continuing her impressive start to the season, Senath, Mo. native Seleena Neal once again reached her average, finishing the night with 27 points on 11-of-26 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Neal also recorded five rebounds, five steals and a pair of assists.
Senior Davielle McCoy had a productive day down low with nine points and 10 boards. With one more point, McCoy would have notched the first double-double of her career.
Starters Dana Heggemann and Jenna Zmyslony were also within reach of double-digit scoring, registering seven points apiece.
The Stars (0-10, 0-4 AMC) return home to Silverthorne Arena on Saturday for a 2 p.m. meeting with Williams Baptist (6-5, 2-3 AMC).