Stephens Basketball Drops Tough Road Contest to William WoodsStars hang with Owls for majority of first half; Sophomore Seleena Neal records double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds)
Feb. 22, 2014
FULTON, Mo. - (Box Score) - Trailing for the entire contest, the Stephens College basketball team was unable to offset a talented and efficient William Woods squad on Saturday, falling at Anderson Arena, 92-49.
WWU (20-8, 13-7 AMC), which hit the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive season, began the game on a 10-2 run. Despite the slow start, the Stars didnít back down and remained within striking distance for much of the first half. With 6:33 remaining, the Stars narrowed the gap to 25-17.
Not long after Stephens got within the single digits, the Owls cranked out 24 points in a six-minute span to close out the half.
At halftime, WWU led 49-26. Six Stars got in on the first-half scoring action, including a team-high nine points from senior Jenna Zmyslony (4-for-9). Sophomore guard Seleena Neal added six points (3-of-11) in the first half and even though the shots werenít falling, she certainly helped on the Stars on the glass, pulling down six boards.
After the break, the Owls upped their intensity on the offensive end and increased their margin to 30 just three minutes in.
The Stars then scored five unanswered points on a series of hustle plays, starting with an offensive rebound by Dana Heggemann and an immediate kickout to Zmyslony for the two. On the other end of the floor, Heggemann pulled down another board and on the next possession Zmyslony found Seleena Neal for a wide-open 3.
Unfortunately, William Woods shot exceptionally well the entire game and found an answer to each of the Starsí runs. In the second half alone, the Owls shot 16-of-28 (.571) overall and an impressive 7-of-9 (.778) from 3-point range. WWU guard Blake French led all scorers with 21 points in 19 minutes of action.
For the Stars, Seleena Neal finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds, marking the fourth time this season the sophomore recorded a double-double. Before fouling out, senior Jenna Zmyslony also reached double figures scoring 11 points.
Fellow senior Davielle McCoy had a productive day when she got her hands on the ball. She was a perfect 2-for-2 on the day finishing with seven points, four rebounds and a steal. Rounding out the Starsí scoring were Michaella Sandy (6), Briannah Tapp (6) and Dana Heggemann (5).
Stephens (1-25, 1-19 AMC) has a four-day break before taking on Harris-Stowe State in St Louis on Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.