Stephens Comeback Falls Short Against Harris-Stowe StateSophomore duo of Heggemann and Neal paces the Stars with double-digit scoring performances
Jan. 23, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. Ė (Box Score) Showing its support for the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer on Thursday, the Stephens College basketball team (0-16, 0-10 AMC) showcased an improved offense and fought till the end in a 71-61 loss to Harris-Stowe State.
The Stars posted several season bests on Thursday at Silverthorne Arena, including a season-high 61 points. En route to 61 points, Stephens also achieved a season-high in 3-point field goals made. Surpassing their previous best by four, the Stars hit 10 treys with five in each half.
Harris-Stowe State (6-12, 4-6 AMC) put the Stars in a difficult position early on with a 14-2 run to start the contest. Coming off the bench, freshman guard Briannah Tapp found a sweet spot from 3-point range and hit her first three attempts from downtown.
Sophomore Dana Heggemann was the next Star to get in on the 3-point action, hitting a trey with 7:29 remaining in the half. Stephens pulled within three, but immediately following the Heggemann bucket, the Hornets went on a 12-0 run. HSSU led by 12 at halftime, 37-25.
The Hornets continued to hit their shots and extended their lead to 18. Thatís when the Stars made their move. Down 45-27, Stephens scored 12 straight points in a 3-minute stretch and kept on finding ways to score. By the 10:05 mark, the Stars had pulled within one thanks to yet another 3-point field, this time from Seleena Neal.
Putting a damper on the Starsí comeback was a questionable flagrant 1 foul called on senior Davielle McCoy. HSSU converted on 1 of the 2 free throws, while the Stars continued to vie for their first lead of the game. Trading baskets with the Hornets, Stephens pulled within one on three different occasions, but was unable to get over the 1-point hurdle.
In a game where both teamís coaches were sporting suits & sneakers, it was only fitting that Stephens and Harris-Stowe State shot an identical 24-of-65 (.369) from the field. Though, the biggest difference came at the free-throw line. Unfortunately, the free-throw battle favored the visitors, as the Hornets earned 21 trips to the line and converted on 17, while the Stars attempted just four free throws. HSSU was charged with a miniscule seven fouls during the game.
Starsí forward Dana Heggemann led all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Coming up short of a double-double by one rebound, Heggeman also recorded a game-high six assists, two blocks and two steals.
Joining Heggeman in double digits was sophomore guard Seleena Neal. With 19 points on the night, Neal reached the 300-point plateau in the 16th game of the season. The Senath, Mo. native also registered 14 rebounds (7 off., 7 def.) for her third double-double in 2013-14.
In addition to Briannah Tappís nine first-half points, post players Davielle McCoy and Michaella Sandy contributed four points apiece.
Following two closely-played games with AMC opponents, the Stars will now hit the road for a three-game stretch starting with Lyon (Ark.) on Saturday (Jan. 25). No. 2 Freed-Hardeman and Missouri Baptist await on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1, respectively.