Stars Outshoot Opponent, Fall at Home to HLGU, 64-41Sophomore Dana Heggemann comes up short of a triple-double, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists
Feb. 13, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) A near-perfect night from the free-throw line lifted Hannibal-LaGrange to a 64-41 win over the Stephens College basketball team on Thursday (Feb. 13) at Silverthorne Arena. Rebounding, points off turnovers and free throws were the deciding factor on a night when the Stars shot above average and ended with a higher field goal percentage than the visiting Trojans.
Stephens edged HLGU in field goal percentage shooting 40.5 percent, while the Trojans were 38.2 from the field.
For majority of the first half, the two teams traded points and kept the game close. The Stars led early and knotted the ballgame on three occasions before Hannibal-LaGrange made its move with five minutes left. The Trojans went on a 14-4 run to end the half.
Sophomore guard Seleena Neal had a notable first half with 10 points on 5-of-9 (.555) shooting. Still within striking distance, the Stars trailed HLGU 30-20 at the break.
Hannibal-LaGrange extending its lead to 15 to open the half, but the Stars answered with a 6-0 run to pull within single digits. The 6-0 run was powered by a pair of Jenna Zmyslony free throws and two straight baskets from sophomore Dana Heggemann.
Heggemann, who notched five points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half, continued to have an impressive game all-around. The Warrenton, Mo. native finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, just two shy of a rare triple-double. However, it wasn’t the first occurrence that the sophomore came up just short of the amazing feat. At Benedictine-Springfield on Jan. 7, Heggemann posted 15 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.
By the end of the contest, the Trojans had buckled down on defense and pushed the margin to 23 with a pair of free throws in the final seconds.
On Thursday, HLGU shot 17-for-19 at the charity stripe, which was good for 89.5 percent. In addition to free throws, the Trojans held a 35-25 advantage on the glass and outscored the Stars 20-2 off turnovers.
With a relatively quiet second half, Seleena Neal poured in 14 points for the game, which tied Heggemann for a team-high. Senior Jenna Zmyslony added eight points and had just one turnover in 34 minutes for the Stars.
Stephens, which fell to 0-22, 0-16 AMC, will hit the road this weekend for a 2 p.m. tilt at Williams Baptist in Walnut Ridge, Ark.