John Brown women fall short at Benedictine
ATCHISON, Kan. — After being down by many as 14 in the second quarter the No. 12 John Brown University women’s basketball team rallied and had a chance to win the game, but a three-point attempt from senior Jana Schammel was short, and the Golden Eagles fell to No. 9 Benedictine (Kan.), 70-67, on Tuesday night at Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Senior Kimmy Deines scored a team-best 13 points on three 3-pointers and a 6 of 6 night at the free-throw line, while senior Rosa Orpo netted 12 in her first outing of the season by hitting 4-of-9 from the field, but the Golden Eagles (1-1) couldn’t overcome 26 turnovers and 17 Raven offensive boards in the loss.
“I was proud of how we fought back and had a great chance to win the game,” said head coach Jeff Soderquist, “but we are not going to beat good teams turning the ball over as many times as we did tonight and giving up that many second chances. The other team just had too many extra possessions. We will learn from this and get better.” Benedictine (3-0) attempted 14 more field goals than JBU, and held a 15-4 advantage in secondchance points.
The Golden Eagles finished shooting significantly better than the hosts, hitting 21-of-47 from the field and 9-of-19 from deep, but the Ravens hit 20-of-28 shots at the charity stripe and held a slim 36-34 rebounding advantage. JBU returned to action Saturday against Evangel (Mo.) in Springfield. Results were not available at presstime. The Golden Eagles return home this Tuesday at 6 p.m. to face fellow Arkansas college Crowley’s Ridge.