Stephens Struggles, Falls at Second-Ranked Freed-HardemanLengthy offensive droughts lead to Stars' 84-19 loss in Henderson, Tenn.
Jan. 30, 2014
HENDERSON, Tenn. – (Box Score) Undefeated and No. 2 Freed-Hardeman University (20-0, 12-0 AMC) completed a season sweep of the Stephens College basketball team on Thursday as it muscled past the Stars, 84-19.
After surrendering 99 points to the Lady Lions on Dec. 5, the Stars’ defense slightly tempered the high-octane offense. FHU shot 45.7 percent on Thursday compared to the first meeting when they hit on 42 of 81 attempts (.519). On the other side of the ball, the Stars' 19 points tied a season-low.
Freed-Hardeman proved to be unstoppable out of the gate, rattling off a 32-4 run. With just two field goals in the first 15 minutes, Stephens found a way out of its slump and outscored the Lady Lions, 8-4, during the final five minutes of the half.
Trailing 36-13 at half, the Stars had just three players find their way into the scoring column. Sophomore Seleena Neal led the team with six points at half and was joined by freshman Michaella Sandy (5) and Dana Heggemann (2).
Inopportunely, the Stars’ momentum from before halftime was MIA in the second half. Eight minutes went by before the first Stephens field goal, while the second and final made field goal came with 1:34 remaining.
The Stars shot under 20 percent for the game and was 2-for-22 (.091) in the second half. Meanwhile, the second-ranked Lady Lions built a hefty cushion by outscoring the Stars 48-6 in the final 20 minutes.
Seleena Neal knocked down a pair of free throws in the waning minutes and registered a team-high eight points. Heggemmann was the only Star to score a field goal in the second half and finished with six points on the night.
Looking to rebound from tonight’s loss, the Stephens basketball team (0-18, 0-12 AMC) will return to action on Saturday (Feb. 1) with a 2 p.m. game at Missouri Baptist.