COLUMBIA – Stephens basketball coach Dane Pavlovich said he saw improvement in his team in an 84-76 loss to visiting Missouri Baptist on Thursday night. Even though the defeat was the Stars sixth in a row, the result was much closer than the last time the teams played with Missouri Baptist winning 88-51.
“I loved the effort. We really had a chance to win,” said Pavlovich about Thursday's game. “We’re not an 0-11 team. All the credit goes to our players. They were focused and got the momentum early. The first group really got us going.”
The Stars took the lead in the middle of the first half and were able to stay on top for about four minutes, but at the half, the Stars ended up trailing by 11.
“We had a really good defense and worked the ball around,” sophomore Cara Leis said. “Our communication was good on defense and we boxed out well.”
Junior Tia LaFavor led the Stars with 17 points and five rebounds. Leis had 15 points and four rebounds and Rachel Henderson had 13 points and four rebounds. Vanessa Koonce scored 11 including a 3-pointer.
The Stars fell to 8-15 overall and 0-11 in the American Midwest Conference.