Stars Struggle Offensively in Loss at Missouri ValleyThe Lady Vikings forced 32 turnovers and limited Stephens to just 37 shots all night
MARSHALL, Mo. – (Box Score) It was quite the bumpy ride for Stephens College on Friday (Nov. 8) as the basketball team was unable to find any rhythm in a 78-19 loss at Missouri Valley College. This comes a week after the Stars opened their season against Lindenwood-Belleville and nearly outscored the Lynx in the second-half with 29 points.
The 19 points marks the fewest scored by a Stephens College team during its time as an NAIA institution. Offensively, the Stars were kept in check by a strong Lady Vikings’ defense, turning the ball over 32 times and attempting just 37 shots. Meanwhile, Missouri Valley neared the century mark putting up 88 attempts on the night.
Unfortunately, the Stars unfortunately struggled to keep Missouri Valley off the glass, surrendering 28 offensive rebounds and a large amount of second-chance points to the Lady Vikings. In fact, MVC had six players that recorded at least 5 offensive boards.
Following a breakout performance against Lindenwood-Belleville with 21 points, sophomore guard Seleena Neal was limited to six points on 2-of-11 shooting. Neal also went to the free-throw line once and was a perfect 2-for-2 on the night.
Senior Brittany Tutt finished with the second-most points (5) for the Stars and shot 50 percent from the field. She also knocked down the only 3-pointer for Stephens.
Sophomore forward Dana Heggemann paced the Stars on the defensive end of the floor, leading all players with eight rebounds to go along with two blocks and a steal. Freshman center Michaella Sandy wasn’t far behind as she notched seven boards (6 DReb, 1 OReb).
Next up for the Stars is an exhibition contest on Monday (Nov. 11) with NCAA Division II Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. (CST).