Mac women struggle in 82-58 loss

By Steve Sell
November 21, 2014

The McPherson College women’s basketball shooting woes on the road carried over to their home opener Friday night in the opening session of the McPherson College Classic.

The Bulldogs shot only 29 percent in losing an 82-58 decision to York College at the Sport Center.

And with Mac struggling from the field, the taller Panthers were able to sweep the backboards for a whopping 63-45 advantage.

"We're just not very good right now," McPherson College coach Gordon Reimer said. "We can't make layups, we can't make easy post shots and we're not making free throws. We're not defending like we should. Part of the issue is we've had only six practices the whole month of November. We really need to practice so we can work on things."

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 1-7 on the year. They complete the two-day event at 2 p.m. Saturday against Haskell, which suffered its first loss of the year Friday after seven straight wins, 75-71 to Kansas Wesleyan in the first game of the day.

Mac will be hoping to improve on its first effort against the Indians, who handed the Bulldogs a 76-56 setback in the season opener.

To do that, the Bulldogs will have to find a way to put the ball in the basket. They were 9 of 41 from the field in the first half to trail 37-26 and finished the game 21 of 73, 6 of 28 from 3-point. They also were just 10 of 28 from the line and had some crucial misses in the first half when they had a chance to extend an early lead.

The game turned at the end of the first half. Down only 31-26, Mac threw the ball away twice in the final 27 seconds and the Panthers eventually went into the locker room with a 37-26 lead.

Bailey Brown led Mac with 14 points and Whitney Jefferson tallied 10. Georgia Swope lit it up for 23 points to lead the Panthers and Cory Minjarez added 20.

Mac (58) — Brown 14, S. Smart 1, Jefferson 10, Atkins 3, Demerat 9, James 3, Bryant 5, Abra 2, Tejero 3, Acklin 8.

York (82) — Esquivel 6, Swope 23, Eller 8, Minjarez 20, Lopez 4, Womack 3, Echols 2, Shafer 2, Ellison 1, Payne 6, Miller 2, Nelson 5.