Turnovers Doom Stars in 88-49 Loss to Fourth-Place ParkMcCoy records third double-double in month of February; Neal finishes with team-high 15 points
Feb. 18, 2014 | Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Stephens College basketball team (0-24, 0-18 AMC) dropped a home contest to Park University (13-10, 11-6 AMC) on Tuesday by a final of 88-49. The Stars experienced an unkind rim as they shot 26.8 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from the outside.
Meanwhile, the Pirates had their way on offense shooting 45.8 percent with six players in double figures.
Stephens held a four-point lead after senior Davielle McCoy buried a pair of free throws at the 16:39 mark. McCoy scored two more points on the next possession, but less than two minutes later, Park settled in and took the lead for good.
Midway through the first half, Stephens College remained in the ballgame, down by just single digits. However, a cold spell hit the Stars and more than nine minutes went by before the team scored another field goal. Park’s Lauren LaBonde drained a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sounded to give the Pirates a 42-20 lead at the break.
The Stars’ shooting woes continued into the second half as it took five minutes to put points on the scoreboard. Sophomore Dana Heggemann nailed a shot from downtown to end Park’s 8-0 run after halftime.
PU extended its lead to as much as 42 and remained in control throughout the rest of the contest. The Pirates outscored Stephens 50-12 in the paint and 36-2 in points off turnovers. In total, the Stars turned the ball over 31 times on Tuesday, including 20 in the first half.
Despite an off night shooting, Stars' sophomore Seleena Neal finished with a team-high 15 points. It marked the 20th time this season that Neal has reached double figures.
Another notable performance for Stephens came from senior Davielle McCoy, who posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The LaMonte, Mo. native, who now has three double-doubles in the month of February, was 4-of-8 (.500) from the floor and 4-of-5 at the free-throw line.
Rounding out the Stars’ scoring was Briannah Tapp with eight, Dana Heggemann and Jenna Zmyslony with five apiece, and Michaella Sandy with four.
With just two home games left, the Stars welcome 12th-ranked Columbia College to Silverthorne Arena on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.