By Zach Snider
The MVNU women’s basketball team was eliminated from the Mid-Central College Conference Tournament on Feb. 21 after a loss to No. 18 Bethel (IN) College by a score of 73-60.
After five straight victories to end the regular season, the loss comes as a bit of a disappointment to the team.
“We gave the ball away way too much, we did not really pursue the ball with all-out effort and we played on our heels for most of the night,” said coach Jason Foster to MVNU sports information director Dave Parsons.
The Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead, but throughout the game, Bethel slowly started to pull away. On several occasions, the Lady Cougars would narrow the gap and seem to be on the brink of taking over, but Bethel’s Lady Pirates were able to hold off each surge.
This was partially due to 27 turnovers committed by the Lady Cougars. The 27 turnovers were a season high for the Lady Cougars and eight more than their season average of 19.
The Lady Pirates succeeded in capitalizing on these turn overs by hitting 12 3-point shots.
“I think that we still just need to correct a few things,” Foster told Parsons. “We have one more chance for this season with the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament, and we’ll see what we make of it.”
The Cougars played March 3 against Roberts Wesleyan (NY) College in the opening round of the NCCAA Tournament and won 67-62.
The Cougars will be in action again March 14 at the NCCAA National Tournament in Winona Lake, Ind.