Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 21, 2008) - A 21-point 11 rebound effort wasn’t enough from Ashley Taylor on Friday night as the JBU women’s basketball team recorded their first loss of the season falling 62-55 to Mid-America Nazarene (Kan.) during day one of the JBU Fall Classic.
The game got off to a sloppy start with both teams committing careless mistakes early on. However, JBU was able to take an early 7-5 lead at the 15:06 mark. With 8:26 left Taylor Ford helped MANU (5-3) take a 14-11 lead. But with 4:43 remaining in the first half, JBU tied things up 19-19 on a Michelle Garcia layup. MANU regained the momentum and took control of the game closing out the first half on a 14-3 run to make it 33-22 at the break.
“In the first half we had fourteen turnovers,” said head coach Jeff Soderquist. “We all just got in such a hurry and just did not handle pressure at the start of the game.”
MANU carried their momentum over into the second half and opened it up to a 16-point 47-31 lead with 13:24 left in the game. JBU hung in there, clamped down on defense and went on a 16-3 run capped off by a Claire Harrison jumper to cut it down to 50-49 MANU with 4:10 remaining. That was Harrison's lone bucket on the night.
MANU quickly answered on the other end with Taylor Ford scoring two of her team high 17 points to push the lead back to three points, 52-49.
In the final 2:00 minutes JBU would score only one field goal as MANU held on to walk away with the seven-point win.
The only other JBU player in double digits was junior Lenece Glossett with 10 points. JBU leading scorer Chelsea Garrison was held to five points after only hitting 1-of-8 from the floor.
“Chelsea’s a freshman and she’s going to get where she needs to be,” said Soderquist. “She’s going to have some ups and downs but I’m sure she’ll come around. “
As a team, JBU only shot 31.6 percent (18-57) from the floor while MANU nailed 46.7 percent (21-45) for the game. JBU took the rebounding edge 38-31. JBU also committed 22 turnovers while MANU committed 23.
“You look at the stats and we’ve just got to shoot better,” said Soderquist. “We matched them in every category, but we just didn’t capitalize in the key moments.”
JBU will have the opportunity to improve when they take on Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) tomorrow at 3 p.m.