Principia College Holds Off Stars in 61-49 LossStephens basketball was unable to overcome a large first-half deficit, despite double-double from Seleena Neal (26 points, 11 rebounds)
Dec. 3, 2013
ELSAH, Ill. – (Box Score) The first-half woes and second-half heroics continued for Stephens College (0-5) basketball as NCAA Division III Principia College (1-4) handed the Stars a 61-49 loss Tuesday evening in Elsah, Ill.
The game remained in reach with a group effort from Stephens’ starting five, but a 16-3 run by Principia proved to be too much for the Stars to overcome. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half, the Panthers took their biggest lead of the half at 34-16. To stop the drought, sophomore guard Seleena Neal hit a 3-pointer and shortly after came up with a steal and a put-back to narrow the gap to 13.
Offensively, the Stars struggled during the first half, making just seven shots on 32 attempts (.219). Neal reached double-digits with 13 points to go along with seven boards. Senior Davielle McCoy also stayed busy in the post, matching Neal’s rebound total, including four offensive rebounds.
Stephens got off to a slow start in the second, missing on its first three shots, while turning the ball over twice. Senior guard Jenna Zmyslony hit a jumper at the 17:29 mark and added a bucket from 3-point range shortly after to get the ball rolling for the Stars.
Unfortunately for head coach Chris Duncan and his Stars, Principia kept its distance and went up by as much as 20. The duo of Neal and McCoy scored 17 of the next 18 points for Stephens and even brought the game to within single digits (8).
Stephens ended the game shooting 17-of-62 from the field and 6-for-25 from 3-point range, while the Panthers shot 37 percent overall. Principia held a 40-35 rebounding advantage.
Stars’ sophomore guard Seleena Neal led all scorers with 26 and posted her first double-double of the season. In addition to a season-high 26 points, Neal pulled down 11 rebounds, had six steals, three blocks and two assists with just one turnover.
Zmyslony added a career-high 13 points to the mix, while forwards Dana Heggeman and Davielle McCoy had five points apiece.
The Stars’ basketball team will be back at Silverthorne Arena on Thursday at 7p.m. to kick off AMC action with sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.).