With few remaining chances to do so, Northwest women’s basketball looked to obtain its first home MIAA conference win of the 2018-19 season, but fell short again at the paws of the MIssouri Southern Lions, 61-58.
With 14 lead changes and 12 deadlocks on the scoreboard during the course of the 40-minute contest, the outcome this MIAA duel came with zeros showing on the game clock. Missouri Southern (12-10, 4-8 MIAA) drained the game-winning shot over the outstretched arm of sophomore guard Mallory McConkey to seal the deal against the Bearcats (7-13, 3-8 MIAA).
Though coming out of the ball game with a heartbreaking loss, coach Austin Meyer had an optimistic mindset and was pleased with the team’s output.
“From the entire game standpoint, I was much happier with our effort and energy,” Meyer said. “I thought we came out and played hard, defended, but weren’t able to make enough plays down the stretch.”
Sophomore guard Jaelyn Haggard led the attack for Northwest with 18 points with McConkey and senior forward Kaylani Maiava as noticeable standouts with 14 and 12 points. McConkey also led the charge in rebounds with 18.
“I was pretty disappointed with how I played on Thursday night against Pittsburg State,” McConkey said. “My focus in today's game was to come back from it and just play harder.”
After shooting just 11 percent in the first quarter and 13 percent in the fourth, the Bearcat defense was the key factor in keeping up with the Lions and their fast-paced offense. Northwest held Missouri Southern to just 22-of-50 from the field and 4-of-13 from behind the three-point line.
“A last second shot isn’t the way you want to lose,” Haggard said. “But, I think we played to compete tonight and hopefully we can continue and grow from this and play just as hard as we did tonight in the future.”