Offense off the mark in loss to USF
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s basketball team played strong defensively in a loss to St. Francis on Wednesday.
The Lady Lancers held USF to 57 points and 40 percent shooting overall. But Grace’s offense fell flat in a 57-45 defeat.
Grace shot just 29 percent from the floor and 19 percent (4 of 21) from beyond the arc. Only five players scored for Grace, led by 12 points and five rebounds from Kyannah Stull.
Offense was hard to come by in the first half. Grace needed four minutes to make its first field goal and only scored nine points in the first quarter.
But the Lady Lancers’ defense was sharp, limiting USF to just seven points in the stanza. Both teams shot 30 percent or worse in the quarter, including a combined 1 of 10 from beyond the arc.
The Lady Lancers (11-13, 2-12 Crossroads League) opened up a four-point edge early in the second quarter on a driving score from Kamryn Hostetler. But USF held Grace without a field goal for the next six minutes.
A 3-pointer from Maddie Ryman ended a lengthy drought for Grace. But USF drilled a triple of its own in the final minute, taking a 21-18 lead at halftime.
Grace only shot 27 percent from the floor and 10 percent (1 of 10) from the 3-point line. The Cougars outrebounded Grace 24-14, but Grace forced USF into 11 turnovers in the half.
Stull began the third quarter with a trey to tie the score. Soon after, however, the Cougars (12-9, 6-6 CL) unleashed an 11-2 run to grab an eight-point cushion.
USF began the fourth quarter maintaining its eight-point lead and never lost the edge. Grace could not hit a field goal for the first 5:37 of the fourth quarter, allowing the Cougars to open up a 54-39 advantage.
Grace continued to press in the fourth quarter, creating a number of turnovers. But the Lady Lancers were unable to hit a few timely shots to complete a rally.
Ryman finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, and Hostetler tallied 11 points, 4 assists and 2 steals.
Kaylee Patton chipped in 6 points, 5 boards and 2 steals, and Kenzie McMahon added five points and a team-high seven boards.
The Lady Lancers are home again on Saturday, playing host to No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan at 1 p.m.