Stars Outmatched by No. 6 Freed-Hardeman, 99-40Sophomore Seleena Neal led the way for Stephens College with 31 points, 11 rebounds and five steals
Dec. 5, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) On the opening night of league play for the American Midwest Conference, the Stephens College basketball team fell to the preseason AMC favorite and sixth-ranked Freed-Hardeman, 99-40. Leading the way for the Stars in the loss was sophomore guard Seleena Neal, who registered her second consecutive double-double.
Freed-Hardeman jumped out to a 15-0 lead to begin the game and took advantage of several missed opportunities by the Stars. Five minutes into the contest, Neal put an end to the scoring hiatus with a basket, but wouldn’t score a field goal again until the 11:27 mark with a steal and fast-break layup.
At halftime, the Lady Lions of Henderson, Tenn., led 49-17 and held a 29-17 rebounding advantage over Stephens. Taking the Stars’ eight free throws out of the equation, the Stars scored just nine points from the field on 4-of-26 shooting.
FHU kept its momentum up with an 18-2 run to open the second half. With 13:51 remaining, the Lady Lions led 67-19. Shortly after, the light bulb clicked on for Stars’ guard Seleena Neal as rattled off the next 21 points for the team in a 10-minute stretch.
The Stars received a gutsy performance from sophomore Dana Heggemann, who was fighting illness on Thursday evening. Due to foul trouble, the reigning AMC Player of the Week was forced to play 31 minutes. While the shots weren’t falling for Heggemann, she certainly made up for it with a slew of assists to the red-hot Seleena Neal.
No. 6 Freed-Hardeman had a balanced offensive attack as all but two of its 14 players score on Tuesday with four in double figures. Lady Lion forward Hayley Newby led the team with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting.
For the Stars, Neal scored 31 points, knocking down five 3-pointers and shooting 11-for-28 on the night. Unfortunately, the rest of the team shot 2-for-29 overall. Neal also contributed a team-high 11 rebounds and five steals. Heggemann chipped in three points, three rebounds with five assists, while Jenna Zmyslony and Natayla McDaniel also added three points apiece.
Next up for Stephens is a 2-5 Missouri Baptist squad at home on Saturday. The Stars will take on the Spartans at 2 p.m.