Missouri Baptist Defeats Short-Handed Stars, 84-52Three Stars (Zmyslony, Neal, Heggemann) score in double figures
Dec. 7, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – (Box Score) The Stephens College basketball team (0-7, 0-2 AMC) put up a valiant first-half effort on Saturday (Dec. 7), but unluckily ran into foul trouble down the stretch and fell to Missouri Baptist, 84-52.
The Stars held the lead twice in the earlygoing as senior Jenna Zmyslony opened the game with the first two points of the game. Freshman Mary Harris’ first career field goal helped the Stars regain the lead once more before the Spartans would take over.
Sophomore guard Seleena Neal, who had back-to-back double-doubles entering today’s game, was held scoreless until the 6:46 mark. During that stretch, Missouri Baptist manufactured an 18-point lead and went up by as much as 21.
The Stars didn’t back down though as they went on a 15-4 run to end the half. A combined team effort by Stephens led to a 36-26 score at halftime. Neal led the Star scorers at half with seven points, while Zmyslony and sophomore Dana Heggeman notched six apiece.
After the break, the Stars kept on plugging away and managed to get within single digits. With 15:23 remaining, the Stars had narrowed the gap to seven at 42-35. The foul trouble began and that would be the closest Stephens would get to the Spartans.
With eight minutes remaining in the game, the Stars found themselves running with just four players on the court as a result of three players fouling out and reaching the five-foul max.
Missouri Baptist began to extend its lead and eventually reached a 32-point cushion with less than a minute to go. The Spartans finished the game with three players in double figures including guard Taylor Klingelhoefer, who led all scorers with 23 points.
After scoring a career-high 13 points against Principia College on Tuesday, senior Jenna Zmyslony surpassed that benchmark with a team-high 17 points on Saturday. The guard from Barnum, Minn. also contributed six rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
Neal came up one rebound shy of her third straight double-double, finishing the day with 16 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Heggemann also reached double digits with 10 points, while converting on 8-of-10 free-throw attempts.
Also stepping up for the Stars was freshman Mary Harris. In addition to scoring her first career field goal, Harris made several hustle plays and tied for a team-high nine rebounds.
The Stars will return to the court on Monday (Dec. 9) at 7 p.m. with an away game at Central Christian College of the Bible. Monday’s contest will mark the final game until Jan. 2.