Poor rebounding hurts Stephens basketball in loss

Monday, December 3, 2012 | 10:06 p.m. CST; updated 10:42 p.m. CST, Monday, December 3, 2012
Stephens faced Missouri Valley at home Monday night. Missouri Valley won the game 64-50.

COLUMBIA — The Stephens College basketball team lost 64-50 to Missouri Valley College on Monday night at Silverthorne Arena to fall to 2-6 this season.

In the first half, the Stephens College Stars kept pace with the Missouri Valley College Vikings, and the teams went into halftime tied at 26.

However, in the second half, Stephens College came out fatigued, which resulted in more fouls and fewer rebounds. The Vikings dominated the rebounding, finishing the game with 18 more than the Stars and 12 points off second chance shots in comparison to the Stars' two.

"We got tired in the second half," Stephens coach Chris Duncan said. "We didn't have the gas they had, and they had a little deeper bench than we did. Bottom line is, if you don't rebound you're not going to win games. It doesn't hurt to make a few shots, but if you don't box out or get rebounds, you're not going to win games."

For sophomore guard Sam Stirmlinger, making a few shots wasn't a problem. Stirmlinger led the Stars with 12 points, including three 3-pointers in the first half, and a fourth in the second half.

"She was born shooting 3-point shots," senior forward Andie Young said of Stirmlinger. "It's her forte."

Young had 10 points for Stephens, eight coming on free throws. Overall, the Stars shot well from the free-throw line, going 18-for-27.

But in the second half, the Stars got into foul trouble, and the Vikings entered the bonus just six minutes into the half.

"I think the aggression and the desire to want it, it just transferred over," Young said. "When you want to win so bad, sometimes it comes out as a foul."

Stephens College will host the University of St. Mary at 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at Silverthorne Arena.

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