Bulldogs show improvement, but still lose

By Steve Sell
November 26, 2014
McPherson College Sports Information

Gordon Reimer is not hung up on wins and losses at this point.

It’s more about improvement.

Reimer’s McPherson College women continued to show steady improvement Tuesday even if the results aren’t showing up in their record.

The Bulldogs fell to 1-9 with a 68-55 loss to an Oklahoma Wesleyan team they had lost to by 29 points in an earlier meeting in Bartlesville.

“I felt like that was probably our best game we’ve put together this year,” said Reimer, whose team now has some much-needed time off before opening KCAC play on Dec. 4 at Bethany. “Other than that one (stretch), probably a five-minute episode in the first half. We lost composure on the press. After we gained that back, then we handled it pretty good from there.”

The Bulldogs were up 13-11 when the Eagles hit them with a 13-0 run due greatly to Mac turnovers. The Bulldogs sliced the lead to 10, 37-27, by halftime.

Wesleyan increased the lead to as many as 18 in the second half, but again the Bulldogs mounted a charge to get as close as 11.

“Until we get that fullcourt pressure solved, we’re going to have troubles,” Reimer said. “Finally I thought they turned the corner tonight on that.”

Sunny Smart and Bailey Brown continued their season-long excellence. Smart had another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Brown scored 16 and claimed seven rebounds.

Rapidly improving Alicia Demerat gave Mac a rare third scoring threat with 11 points and also had six rebounds and a couple of blocks.

Nichole Tate led the Eagles, now 9-2, with 17 points.

Mac (55) — Atkins 2, Demerat 11, Brown 16, S. Smart 18, Abra 6, Acklin 2.

Oklahoma Wesleyan (68) — Gitau 11, Agesen 15, Backward 2, Morgan 7, Tate 17, Dyer 9, Hernandez 2, Davis 2, Robinson 3.