ABOVE: Alyssa Cox, junior forward, looks to pass during Wednesday evening’s game against the Bethany Lady Swedes. The Lady Builders put up a good fight, but were defeated by the Swedes with a final score of 84-55.(Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Tessa Castor

Staff reporter

The Lady Builder basketball team took on the Bethany College Lady Swedes at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 in Stewart Field House.

The Lady Builders, led by starters Marissa Evans, junior guard, Brittany Lawler, junior forward, Alyssa Cox, junior forward, Ashley Carillo, sophomore center, and Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, played a close game against the Lady Swedes, ending the first half with a score of 37-26 Bethany.

“We fought hard and were neck-and-neck at times, but we dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t find our way out of,” said Claren McCormick, junior center.

As the second half progressed, the Lady Builders fell further behind. Despite a hard-fought game, the team lost to Bethany with a final score of 84-55.

“It wasn’t the best game we’ve had, but we fought as hard as we could,” said London Futch, freshman guard. “It just didnt come out as expected. On to the next battle.”

“We still are making good progress,” said Laskey. “Just looking forward to the next game.”

The women’s record is now 3-17 overall, 2-13 KCAC. The team is ranked 12th in the KCAC. The Lady Builders’ next game will be at 12 p.m. Saturday in York, Neb., against the York College Lady Panthers. The Lady Panthers are ranked 13th in the KCAC with an overall record of 4-15.

“Bethany is a good team, but we beat ourselves tonight,” said McCormick.

“I’m proud of our effort to take care of the basketball tonight,” said Whitney Corley, head women’s basketball coach. “We turned it over much less. We struggled to finish and knock down shots, but it’s very hopeful that we continue to get ourselves in position to get open shots. Defensively we have to find a way to compete and get stops even when we are frustrated with our shots not falling. We have a quick turnaround for another game Saturday, so we will get back to work to get better tomorrow.”

Tessa Castor is a junior majoring in English. You may email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.