Stephens Post Players Shine in 85-43 Loss to ParkBoth Davielle McCoy and Michaella Sandy notched career-highs in scoring with 16 and 9, respectively
Jan. 14, 2014
PARKVILLE, Mo. – (Box Score) The Stephens College basketball team (0-12, 0-6 AMC) encountered another tough task in American Midwest Conference play with a 85-43 loss on the road to Park (6-6, 4-2 AMC) on Tuesday (Jan. 14).
Despite the loss, the Stars had two career nights from post players Davielle McCoy and Michaella Sandy. McCoy led the scoring efforts with 16 points, while Sandy registered a career-best nine points.
The Park Pirates stormed to an 8-0 run to begin the contest, while forcing four Star turnovers along the way. Things continued to spiral for Stephens as sophomore Seleena Neal, the team’s leading scorer (19.4 ppg), picked up three fouls in the first seven minutes. This forced Neal to the bench for most of the first half and on the night, the Star guard finished with just two points on 1-of-8 shooting.
With Neal’s scoring absence the past two games, the Stars found some new and old sources of scoring. For the second straight game, senior guard Jenna Zmylsony had a productive opening half. Zmyslony led Stephens in the first half with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Forward/center Michaella Sandy also had a standout first half with seven points and four rebounds.
At the break, the Stars trailed the Pirates, 49-24.
After a slow start offensively in the second, the Stars went on a nice 8-0 run sparked by two consecutive 3-point field goals from sophomore Dana Heggemann and a Davielle McCoy basket to cap it off.
In addition to McCoy’s career scoring night, the senior forward went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Heggemann finished the game with eight points (2-of-4) and five rebounds, while dishing out nine of the Stars’ 14 assists.
For the game, the Stars shot 34.8 percent from the field compared to the Pirates, who were 40 percent from 2- and 3-point range. One of the main factors causing the 42-point margin was the Stars’ 33 turnovers.
Park had a quartet of players in double figures including Sydney Heard (15), Lauren LaBonde (13), Channell Mackey (12) and Kristin Johnson (10).
The road doesn’t get any easier for Stephens as the squad takes on 17th-ranked Columbia College on Thursday at 7 p.m. The crosstown Cougars are currently tied with No. 2 Freed-Hardeman atop the AMC standings.