Lady Roadrunners Fall to Arkansas Baptist
The seventh-ranked Lady Roadrunners (4-1) dropped their first game of the season Nov. 18 in the 2011 Stone Laser Imaging & 1st Choice Trophies Classic at home. They lost 74-64 to the Arkansas Baptist College Lady Buffaloes from Little Rock, Ark. The loss was the first at home for the Lady Roadrunners since Feb. 24, 2010, when SFCC lost to Jefferson College.
Arkansas Baptist led 10-8 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Lady Roadrunners went cold from the field, allowing Arkansas Baptist to stretch the lead to 16-8 before SFCC freshman guard Ryneka Church broke the drought and cut the deficit to six at 16-10. SFCC put together a run of its own and took a 17-16 lead courtesy of a steal and layup by freshman guard/forward Cassandra Moore. Arkansas Baptist led 30-28 at halftime.
SFCC’s Moore opened the second half with a layup off a pass from sophomore forward Jallisa Lewis to tie the game at 30. The lead went back and forth early in the second half. Arkansas Baptist took control of the game with its size advantage and SFCC trailed 41.
Lady Roadrunner sophomore guard Ariel Easton trimmed the deficit to two, 44-42, with a three-point shot. Later, sophomore guard Alexas Brown splashed home a big three-point shot to cut the deficit to one point. Arkansas Baptist turned the ball over on the ensuing possession with eight minutes and 35 seconds remaining. Church tied the game with one free throw at 48 with eight minutes remaining. SFCC grabbed a two-point lead courtesy of two more free throws.
Arkansas Baptist controlled the last couple minutes for a 74-64 victory.
“Arkansas Baptist is very tough,” said Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher. ”They are very deep. We haven’t rebounded the ball well for the last several games; we’ve just been lucky. We didn’t execute when we need to tonight.”
Easton led SFCC with 23 points and a team-high four steals. Church contributed 15 points. Lewis pulled down a team-high five rebounds for the game. Freshman guard Voneisha Harris dished out a team-high four assists.
SFCC Athletics Department