SALINA — The problems that plagued McPherson College’s women during the 2014 portion of the basketball schedule have carried over to 2015.
The Bulldogs turned it over 25 times and were outrebounded 53-32 Friday by Peru State in the Kansas Wesleyan Classic, leading to a 66-51 setback.
The Bulldogs trailed only 18-17 with just under 5 minutes to go in the first half, then were outscored 13-2 to trail 31-19 at the break. Mac actually was the better team over the final 20 minutes until some late fouls swelled the final margin to 15.
Mac star Bailey Brown picked up her second foul with 11:34 to go in the first half and Bulldog coach Gordon Reimer elected to keep her on the bench the final 9:26.
“It’s just rough for us with Bailey Brown not on the floor,” said Reimer, whose team is now 2-13. “I had to roll the dice to see whether I should chance her with two fouls or not and I didn’t want to. She’s a big part of our offense. That run hurt us.”
But Reimer thought the Bobcats’ long-range shooting against the Mac zone was the key.
“I think it really came down to 3-point shooting,” said Reimer, whose team was 3 of 24 while the Bobcats were 9 of 25. “There was 18 more points they scored from 3 than we did. That’s the ballgame right there.”
Mac also gave up a crushing 22 offensive rebounds, twice the Bulldogs’ total. Karlee Stuart grabbed 14 total rebounds to go along with her team-high 15 points.
Alicia Demaret kept Mac in the game in the first half with 10 points and ended the game with 16, one less than Brown, who scored 14 in the second half.
Mac returns here Saturday for a noon game against York, which already owns a win over the Bulldogs.
Mac (51) — Atkins 8, Brown 17, S. Smart 6, Demerat 16, Abra 1, G. Smart 3.
Peru State (66) — Stuart 15, Young 5, Hess 5, Wilkinson 10, Bowser 10, Laure 11, Brekke 3, Madrid 7.