The opening conference game for the Lady Moundbuilders ended in much of the same way the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title game did the previous year, in a narrow loss to Sterling College. The women were edged by the Lady Warriors Thursday night 82-80 in Sterling.

Southwestern held onto a slim 39-36 lead at halftime, but couldn’t finish as they were outscored 46-41 in the second half.

Rebounding was a key component for the Builder’s success in the game as they out-rebounded Sterling 40-30. Tylar Hartfield, senior forward, picked up a double-double, snatching 13 rebounds and putting up 19 points for Southwestern.

Brett Bates, junior guard, also played well, leading the Builders in scoring with 23 points. Bates went 6-15 from the field and sunk all eight of her free throws.

Sterling’s ability to shoot the basketball is what sealed the Builder’s fate as Sterling hit 51.9 percent of their shots for the game compared to Southwestern’s 39.4 percent.

The women’s next game takes place in Salina against the undefeated Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes. The game tips off at 5 p.m.

Clinton Dick is a sophomore majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at clinton.dick@sckans.edu.