Stephens Leads Early, Unable to Contain William Woods in 82-46 LossSophomore guard Seleena Neal had a game-high 24 points and kept the Stars close in the first half
Jan. 18, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. Ė (Box Score) The Stephens College basketball team (0-14, 0-8 AMC) got out to one of its best starts of the season on Saturday, even holding a lead halfway through the first half. However, previously-ranked William Woods battled back and secured an 82-46 victory over the Stars at Silverthorne Arena.
Sophomore forward Dana Heggemann put the Stars on the scoreboard first with a 3-pointer, assisted by Seleena Neal. Paired with a solid defensive gameplan, Stephens continued to trade leads with the visitors from Fulton. With 11:52 remaining in the opening half, senior Davielle McCoy knocked down a basket to put the Stars up 16-15, which marked the final time that SC controlled a lead in the ballgame.
With the Starsí starting five playing the entire first half, the fatigue started to kick in. William Woods (12-5, 5-4 AMC) broke open the game using an 11-0 run in a two-minute stretch and extended its lead to 17 points by the end of the half. At the break, the Owls led 42-25.
Starsí guard Seleena Neal found her rhythm from the outside, hitting on 3-of-5 3-pointers in the first half. The sophomore from Senath, Mo. led all scorers with 13 at the break.
William Woods didnít let up in the second half, increasing its margin to 26 within the first four minutes. Meanwhile, the Stars had to overcome a sluggish start in which the team turned the ball over three times and began the half 1-of-5 from the field.
The Owls maintained their distance and took their biggest lead of the game (+36) with a 3-point basket by Kendra Vernatti at the buzzer.
After averaging 27.3 turnovers/game in the three games leading up to Saturday, the Stars improved in that area of their game, committing just 16 turnovers against William Woods.
Leading the scoring efforts for Stephens was Seleena Neal, who had a game-high 24 points, along with three rebounds, three assists and one steal. Also continuing to be a solid contributor on offense is Davielle McCoy. The senior forward logged her third consecutive game in double digits with a stat line of 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.
Rounding out the Starsí scoring was Dana Heggemann, who hit three treys in the game to finish with nine points. She also had a team-high in both rebounds (6), assists (4) and steals (2).
Stephens continues a three-game homestand with Mid-Continent (Ky.) visiting Silverthorne for a make-up game on Monday (Jan. 20) at 5:30 p.m. Originally scheduled for Jan. 4, the contest was postponed due to extreme weather conditions.