Tiger Basketball vs. Mississippi Collegeby Adam Ledyard
BASKETBALL (W): MARSHALL, Texas (1/24/13) – Jaimie Kadlecek’s career-high 21 points and four three-pointers wasn’t enough to bring East Texas Baptist University (11-7/6-6) back from a 16-point deficit as they dropped a key American Southwest Conference East Division game, 68-54, to Mississippi College. ETBU was within two with 14 minutes to go but Mississippi College went on a 23-9 run in the next 10 minutes for a 16-point lead sealing the game.
"We had the rebounding edge and had some offensive boards, but we turned the ball over a lot early in the game,” said head coach Dustin Howard said. "On top of it all, we had to take some bad shots at the end of the shot clock. We knew coming in it was going to be tough to score in the half court, and we tried to make it a faster-paced game. We dug too deep of a hole early by not running a good enough offense but Jaimie kept us in the game and was really a bright spot for us after I challenged them at halftime.”
Kadlecek scored 16 of her 21 points in the second half making three three-pointers and finished shooting 8-of-14 from the floor. Brandace Latin added 12 points and nine rebounds while Mary Slaughter grabbed 14 rebounds with nine points. April Leonard posted five assists. Mississippi College’s Traci Rodgers had 20 points.
Mississippi College capitalized on 26 ETBU turnovers for 30 points while also scoring 32 points in the paint. They held ETBU to just 31 percent shooting from the floor and 26 percent from the arc as ETBU only made 7-of-26 three-points taken. ETBU won the rebounding edge, 48-35, but could not find a way to stop MC’s shooting as they hit 45 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the three-point line.
Down 14 points at the half, ETBU made a run early to put themselves back into the thick of things. MC started the second half on a Rodgers’ jumper for a 16-point lead, 35-19, but the next five minutes belonged to ETBU. Slaughter started a 19-5 run in that time as ETBU came within two, 40-38. Amanda Rucker swooshed in a three-pointer bringing the lead down to 11, 35-24 and then followed that with two free throws just 20 seconds later as ETBU was within nine. Leonard canned the second three-pointer in the run but MC put the lead back at nine, 38-29, with their own three-pointer.
Latin hit the third team three-pointer in the run at the 16:01 mark as ETBU was now within six, 38-32. Kadlecek made it a three-point ball game as ETBU connected for a fourth three-pointer to make it 38-35. With 14:23 left to play, MC’s Ebony Williams banked in a layup for a five-point lead but less than 20 seconds later Kadlecek hit her second three-pointer in a row as ETBU was within two, 40-38. That is as close as they would come MC went on a 23-9 run in the next 10 minutes pushing their lead back to 16 points, 63-47.
ETBU did come back to within 10, 63-53, with 2:38 to play but the rushed shots would not fall as they dropped the ASC East contest.
The first half featured ETBU’s only lead, 6-4, just four minutes into the game. Latin banked in a layup at the 16:01 mark for the two-point lead. ETBU was within two, four times, in the next six minutes and even tied the game at 10 on two free throws by Leonard. After the 10-10 tie, MC went on a 16-7 run for a nine-point lead, 26-17, as they took control of the game.
ETBU will host #19 Louisiana College on Saturday, January 26th, at 1:00 p.m. in Ornelas Gym. The ETBU Student-Athlete Athletic Advisory Committee is collecting donations for Mission Marshall as a part of the ASC’s "Make A Change” Challenge in the next two weeks. They are also collecting warm clothing for the people of Marshall, too, in this time. If you would like to donate please contact advisor Adam Ledyard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MC Buzzes By ETBU in Last 10 Minutes of 2nd Half in ASC Game
BASKETBALL (M): MARSHALL, Texas (1/24/13) – Despite only turning the ball over only 13 times, Mississippi College netted 21 points off of the East Texas Baptist University (7-11/3-9) mistakes pushing forward to take the game away from the Tigers, 82-70. ETBU had as large as a five-point lead in the second half but could not overcome MC six three-pointers (66 percent) and 56 percent shooting from the floor.
C.J. Jones opened up his game in the second half with 13 of his career-high 17 points coming in that time. He made five three-pointers on seven attempts and had five rebounds overall. Kerry McClahan posted 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the team. Laquavius Cotton led all scorers for Mississippi College with 21 points.
"Our shot selection in the first half was poor and Mississippi College would get the rebounds and we could not stop their transition,” says head coach Bert West. "They were so quick and that our defense could not get back and get in front of them. They also out shot us with some good shooting.”
With 15:01 left to play in the game, Jaron Joseph capped off an 11-8 run for ETBU that put the Tigers ahead by five, 44-39. ETBU was down two at the half, 33-31, after Monty Grays swooshed in a shot just before the buzzer. Just a minute and a half into the second half, McClahan tied the game at 35 and then Junior Mitchell gave ETBU a two-point lead on a steal and fast-break layup. After MC tie dthe game at 37, ETBU had a 7-2 run for the five-point lead. Joseph, Mitchell, and Justin Felicia all scored in the run. In just five minutes, though, MC had a 25-7 run for a 13-point lead, 66-53. That run took the air out of the sails for ETBU as they could not over com the 13-point lead. They did bring it down to six, 70-64, with 5:04 left on a Clavoisiea Dupree layup but could not get any closer.
ETBU jumped out to a five-point lead in the first half, 7-2, in the first three minutes jumping on MC. MC slowly transitioned the game back to their style in the next nine minutes on a 25-10 run for a 10-point lead, 27-17. ETBU finished the last six minutes on a 14-6 run to trim the lead to two at the half, 33-31. Erby Thompson had six of the 14 points with four free throws made.
ETBU finished shooting just 37 percent from the floor and 35 percent from the arc while making just 13 free throws for 61 percent. MC made 45 percent of their shots, 42 percent from the three-point line, and 73 percent from the foul line. ETBU had one more rebound than MC, 42-41, with both teams turning the ball over 13 times.
ETBU will host Louisiana College on Saturday, January 26th, at 3:00 p.m. in Ornelas Gym. The ETBU Student-Athlete Athletic Advisory Committee is collecting donations for Mission Marshall as a part of the ASC’s "Make A Change” Challenge in the next two weeks. They are also collecting warm clothing for the people of Marshall, too, in this time. If you would like to donate please contact advisor Adam Ledyard at email@example.com.