On Saturday afternoon, the Southwestern College Lady Builder Basketball team played their second of a back-to-back to open the season at the Southwestern Christian University Classic. Unfortunately for the Builders, a similar vibe to what happened yesterday reared its ugly head, as the Moundbuilders struggled to get their offense going for the second day in a row, falling to Southwestern Christian, 75-48.
Quarter number one put Southwestern behind the eight ball from the start, as they quickly fell behind by double digits. After one full period, the score was 22-9 in favor of the hosts. The Buiders made just two shots in the quarter, both threes, along with three free throws.
The second quarter was one of the most competitive periods for SC, as they shot five of 12 from the field. Turnovers, though, killed the Moundbuilders, as they committed 10 of their 24 giveaways in the second.
It was the third quarter that was probably the least effective of the efforts that Southwestern put out there on Saturday, as they went 4-for-15 from the field and missed all seven of their attempts from downtown. The third quarter's final line score was 20-8 in favor of the homestanding SCU.
Southwestern still did not play particularly well in the fourth, as they only made five shots on 17 tries. The fortunate thing for the Buiders is that the SCU squad shot worse, just 3-for-18 in the last period.
Atyanna Freeman led the Builders in scoring, and is the first SC player this season to score in double digits through just two games. Her 11 points came on 3-of-10 shooting as she added four rebounds, three steals, and two assists, in addition.
Sidney Dennis had another huge day as an enforcer in the paint, racking up seven blocks for the second game straight. She also pulled in 13 boards and anchored the defense from the start.
Off the bench, Jordan Semones had nine points on 3-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc, showing the most consistent efficiency off all the Moundbuilder offensive talents on the roster in this one.
Southwestern (0-2) has learned some things about themselves through two games, as they look toward the future of their schedule, where they head home to face Graceland University on next Saturday, November 6 at 5 p.m. in Stewart Field House. Following that, they will host Manhattan Christian on Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m.