By MARLON SCOTT
Senior Staff Writer
After starting the game from behind, the Lady Govs overtook the Morehead Eagles in Johnson Arena Saturday, Jan. 29, and established an 11-point lead with 5:25 remaining in the first half of the game.
However, the offense helped them take over the game in the first half disappeared in the second. The lack of offense combined with defensive breakdowns helped the Eagles outscore the Lady Govs 40-26 in the second half and send them back to APSU with a 58-70 loss.
“Obviously in the first half we battled back from a deficit,” said Lady Govs head coach Carrie Daniels. “I was proud that we came back and took the lead by 11, but I thought once we got the lead, we did not know how to play with that lead. We let Morehead back in the game. I do not think we did a very good job in the second half. We let them gain confidence and take the momentum.”
It was the Lady Govs second loss in a row and fourth road loss this month. They finished January 3-5 and are currently ranked fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference with a 7-16, 6-5 OVC record. They split the series against Morehead 1-1.
The Eagles improved to 16-6, 9-2 OVC. They currently occupy the second spot in the conference, one game behind top-seeded Tennessee Tech.
The Lady Govs shot 42 percent (15-of-36) from the field in the first half. They scored 24 of their 32 points in the paint and outrebounded the Eagles 24-17.
Senior forward Dalila Thomas and sophomore forward Meghan Bussabarger led the way with eight points each. Bussabarger went on to earn a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas finished the game with 14 points.
Although the Lady Govs dominated the stat sheet in the first half, the Eagles started taking over the game at the end of the first half. The OVC Preseason Player of the Year, Chynna Bozeman made a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the half and ignited an Eagles 7-0 run that left the Lady Govs ahead by only two points at halftime, 32-30.
The Eagles came out in the second half with the same momentum they were gaining at the end of the first. At the 15:48 mark, they tied the game at 38. The Eagles then followed up with an 8-0 run.
Afterwards, what little offense the Lady Govs generated in the second half completely vanished for over six minutes.
“We couldn’t get better looks than we did,” Daniels said. “I thought we got a lot of great looks in the offense, we just couldn’t put the ball in the hole.”
By the time the Lady Govs recovered from their scoring drought, they were down by 12 points and would not get within 10 of the Eagles for the rest of the game. While the Lady Govs were cooling down, Bozeman heated up. She scored 17 of her total 30 points in the second half.
“I thought Bozeman got hot, we gave her some looks from three, but as well she got some drives to the basket,” Daniels said. “Defensively we just didn’t step up and do as good a job that we needed to do.”
Freshman guard Nicole Olszewski was one of the few bright spots offensively for the Lady Govs in the second half. She scored nine points. Olszewski led the team with 15 total points.
Daniels summed up the team’s performance at Morehead.
“Very disappointing, because after we came back in the first half, I thought it was going to be a difference, but then I think everything else, we just kind of had a meltdown and didn’t recover.” TAS