Golden Eagle Women fall to No. 1 Southern Nazarene

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 30, 2004) — The No. 16 John Brown University women’s basketball team fell behind early and trailed 13 at the half, but could not close the gap and ended with their 5th loss of the season as No. 1 Southern Nazarene University scored a 75-62 victory. The Golden Eagle women closed the gap at the beginning of the second half and were as close as 8 points. However, the inside presence of senior Ndiaye Ndeye, who led all scorers with 30 points, was too much for the Golden Eagles. During the first half the Crimson Storm shot 54 percent from the field, but were held to just 33 percent during the second half. "I felt that we were doing a good job of guarding their shots during the first half but it didn't seem like they could miss and they scored 44 points. We didn't make any changes defensively at half time and we were guarding the same shots and held them to just 29 points during the second half." stated coach Jeff Soderquist. "We had a great chance at the start of the second half to tie or maybe take the lead but couldn’t convert on the offensive end of the floor.”

The Golden Eagles were led by senior Bethany Sites with 5 of 8 three-pointers and a total of 17 points in the game. Lesli Fanning, with 4 for 6 from the 3-point area, tossed in 14 points and Ashley Wettengel contributed 10 points on the evening. JBU is now 16-5 and 5-3 in the SAC.

JBU continues play on the road Saturday when they travel to Edmond, Oklahoma to battle the Eagles of Oklahoma Christian University at 6:00 pm.

JBU continues play on the road Saturday when they travel to Edmond, Oklahoma to battle the Eagles of Oklahoma Christian University at 6:00 pm.