Coming off three straight Region 16 victories, including two on the road, the Moberly Area Community College women's basketball program found themselves up against a Crowder team that has been playing its best basketball as of late and fell 76-60 to the Lady Riders. The loss drops the Greyhound Women to 19-5 overall, 3-3 in Region 16 competition.
MACC fell behind early, trailing 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, and faced a 39-24 deficit at halftime as they shot just 29 percent from the field, compared to 48 percent for the host team.
"We didn't do a very good job on either end of the floor," said MACC head coach Chad Killinger. "We gave up some easy baskets and didn't execute our offense as precisely as we needed to against them. They are playing with a lot of confidence right now, so you have to give them credit for taking care of their home court."
While recent comebacks gave MACC hope for a strong second half they found themselves trailing by as many as 22, 58-36 with 3:24 remaining in the third quarter, but managed to close with a 9-2 run to get back to within 15 points heading into the final quarter of play.
"We had a couple of decent stretches," said Killinger. "But, that wasn't enough tonight. We have struggled a couple of times with long road trips, but we have some kids that have class on Tuesday night and with us having a game next Tuesday we had to make this a one day trip. Academics will always be a priority in our program and we couldn't allow them to miss two straight weeks of class."
Crowder, who came into the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 27 percent from the three point line, shot a season high 45 percent from beyond the arc and connected on 46 percent of their field goals overall. The Lady Riders also took advantage at the free throw line, where they made 15 of 21 attempts.
MACC shot 38 percent from the field, including eight of 24 from the three point line, and were six of 10 from the charity stripe. The Greyhound Women were outrebounded for just the fifth time all season as Crowder held a slight 36-35 advantage on the boards.
Carnethia Brown led MACC in the scoring column with 17 points. She was joined in double figures by Brianna Perry, who scored 14 points and delivered three steals. Lunden Henry scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Romekia Wallace had a team high nine rebounds to go with three assists and two blocked shots.