ABOVE: Ashley Carrillo, sophomore center, drives for a lay up during Saturday evening’s game against Bethel College. The Lady Moundbuilders lost the game 46-60. (Drake Vittitow/Staff photographer)

By Drake Vittitow

Staff reporter

The Lady Moundbuilders faced off against Bethel College on Saturday in Stewart Fieldhouse, losing to the Threshers, 46-60. The loss moves the Lady Moundbuilders record to 4-23 overall and 3-19 in conference.

“We fell behind in the first half,” Whitney Corley, head women’s basketball coach, said. “I was proud of the way we scratched and clawed our way back in the second half.”

The Threshers defense was smothering all night, holding the Lady Moundbuilders to a mere 31 percent from the field, and an even worse, eight percent from three. Southwestern only scored six points in the first quarter. Southwestern made a smart switch in the second quarter, turning to a full-court press to help them recoup points.

“We struggled to score in the half-court during the first half,” Corley said, “Moving to a full-court press helped us generate quick and easy buckets to get us back in the game.”

Jazmyne Laskey, junior guard, was the leading scorer for the Lady Moundbuilders, scoring 15 points. Laskey would be the only scorer in double-digits for Southwestern. Marissa Evans, junior guard, led all rebounders with seven boards, while Ashley Carrillo, sophomore center, followed close behind with four. Laskey also led the team in assists with four.

“Jazmyne did a great job taking ownership after our slow start,” Corley said. “She was the spark plug for the rest of our team.”

There were several positive takeaways from the game. Southwestern held the Threshers to 36 percent shooting from the field and a poor 24 percent from three. The Lady Moundbuilders also stole the ball 10 times compared to the Threshers nine. Southwestern also had 15 total bench points compared to Bethel’s three. They also dominated in the paint, scoring 32 points compared to the 24 points from Bethel.

The team has three days to prepare until their next meeting against Sterling College who is ranked 17in the nation.

 “Sterling is a solid team up and down the lineup,” Evans said. “We have to be ready from the jump.”

With the season coming to a close, the Lady Moundbuilders are looking ahead toward a bigger and brighter future.

“We have a ton of returners coming back next year,” Alyssa Cox, junior forward, said. “Now until the rest of the season, we will continue to build our culture and strive to be the best team that we can be.”

Drake Vittitow is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email him at Jefferson.Vittitow@sckans.edu.