Fast Start Propels Missouri Baptist Past StephensNeal scores 20, McCoy records second straight double-double in 74-40 loss
Feb. 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – (Box Score) Despite having the game’s leading scorer and another player with a double-double, the Stephens College basketball team faced an uphill battle from the get-go in Tuesday night’s game at Missouri Baptist. The Spartans got to work early with a monstrous run to open the contest and cruised to a 74-40 home win at Petty Sports & Recreation Center.
Missouri Baptist (8-14, 6-8 AMC) scored 24 points before Stephens College sophomore Seleena Neal put the Stars on the scoreboard at the 12:20 mark.
The Spartan defense created problems for the Stars’ offense and forced 14 first-half turnovers. Aside from guard Seleena Neal, the shots weren’t falling for Chris Duncan’s squad.
Neal, a native of Senath, Mo., was one of the few bright spots in the first half, scoring 13 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Meanwhile, the rest of the team combined for 2-of-16 shooting (.125).
At the break, Missouri Baptist led 41-18 and also held a 22-21 edge on the glass.
The start of the second half looked to be heading down the same path as the Stars began 0-for-3 and turned the ball over five times in the first four minutes. Once again, it was Neal who came to the rescue to end the drought. Neal recorded seven points in the second half to push her total to a game-high 20.
After starting the game 0-for-5 in the first half, Stars’ forward Davielle McCoy snapped out of her funk and finished the game 4-for-6. It marked another noteworthy performance for the senior, who notched her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Fellow senior Jenna Zmyslony contributed seven points on the offensive end, while sophomore Dana Heggemann had a quiet day from the field. The sophomore starter, who is averaging 10.3 points per game, was held to two points and just three assists.
The Stephens College basketball team dipped to 0-21 overall and 0-15 in league play. The Stars will return home to Silverthorne Arena on Thursday for a 7 o’clock showdown with Hannibal-LaGrange (5-17, 5-9 AMC).