Mid-Continent Pulls Away in Second Half, Defeats Stephens 74-62McCoy, Zmyslony, Neal and Heggemann all score in double figures
Feb. 8, 2014
MAYFIELD, Ky. – (Box Score) The Stephens College basketball team had another breakout performance offensively, but couldn’t fend off the Mid-Continent Cougars down the stretch, falling on the road, 74-62. While eclipsing their previous season high in scoring (61), the Stars also failed to limit their mistakes turning the ball over 25 times on Saturday.
The Stars’ returners of Davielle McCoy, Jenna Zmyslony and Dana Heggemann led the charge in Kentucky combining for 43 points, while sophomore guard Seleena Neal also chipped in 13 points.
McCoy led Stephens with 16 points and notched 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. She wasn’t alone though, as Heggemann recorded her second in a row and fourth of the season.
On three separate occasions the Stars knotted the game, but each time the Cougars answered and never allowed Stephens to take the lead. The Stars stayed within reach of MCU heading into halftime.
Trailing 35-29 at half, the Stars were shooting an impressive 43.3 percent from the field, compared to Mid-Continent (.318), who saved its best shooting for the second half.
At the 16:32 mark in the second half, Stephens tied the ballgame for the third and final time. Following the trend, the Cougars answered with a game-changing 11-0 run and went up 51-40.
MCU led by as much as 18 with less than five minutes to go, however the Stars continued to fight. Narrowing the margin to eight, the Stars went cold in the waning minutes and fell to 0-20 on the season. It was the Cougars’ 54.2 percent in the second half that sealed the deal.
Mid-Continent forward Stephanie Malone, who entered the contest averaging 22.2 points per game, reached that mark with a game-high 25 points. Malone currently ranks third in NAIA Division I in points per game.
The Stephens basketball team returns to action on Tuesday (Feb. 11) with a make-up game against Missouri Baptist in St. Louis. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.