CCCB Escapes with 63-57 Win Over Stephens BasketballSophomore duo Seleena Neal (24) and Dana Heggemann (19) combine for 43 of Stars’ 57 points
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) Despite having the higher field-goal percentage on Thursday, the Stephens College basketball team (0-3) fell to Central Christian College of the Bible, 63-57. The Stars even out-rebounded the visitors from Moberly, Mo., but were doomed by the deadly 3-point shooting of the Saints.
CCCB shot an impressive 50 percent from beyond-the-arc, drilling five treys in each half. In fact, the Saints hit more 3-pointers (10) than 2-point field goals (9) on the night.
In the earlygoing, Stephens gained the lead on two separate occasions, but couldn’t push ahead more than two points. Before halftime, Central Christian Bible knocked down a pair of 3s to build its biggest lead (8), however sophomore guard Seleena Neal answered with an offensive board and putback to give the Stars the final basket of the first half. Stephens trailed 30-24 heading into the break.
The Stars opened the second half with another hustle play as sophomore Dana Heggemann pulled down an offensive rebound and cut the Saints’ lead to 4 with a bucket in the paint.
From there, CCCB continued to hit its open shots from the perimeter and developed a 44-30 advantage and its biggest lead of the game.
Slowly but surely, the Stephens squad hit a pair of timely 3-pointers and also attacked the basket to cut the lead to three with just under 10 minutes remaining.
With three minutes to go in the game, senior Davielle McCoy hit a clutch basket in the paint to give the Stars their first lead since the 10:03 mark in the first half. The 1-point margin was short-lived as Saints’ guard Kylie Ducat hit a bucket at 2:25, followed by a 3-pointer by Kelsi Mueller with 1:23 remaining. The Stars retreated to fouling in the final minute and were unable to stage a comeback missing on 4-of-5 shots.
The sophomore duo of Seleena Neal and Dana Heggemann combined for 43 of the Stars 57 points on the night. Neal led all scorers with 24 points and added a team-high eight rebounds and one steal. Heggeman notched 19 points, dished out a team-best six assists and also had six boards.
Central Christian College of the Bible had three players in double figures including Kelsi Mueller, who had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds.
The Stars have a 12-day gap between tonight’s game their next contest. They will return to action on Tuesday (Nov. 26) with a rematch against Missouri Valley College, this time at home.