Women’s basketball suffers second loss of season to Missouri

In a rushed game on Wednesday night, the WSU women’s basketball team received its second loss of the season 57-37 against Missouri.

According to head coach Jody Adams, the tempo seemed to be the biggest factor for WSU.

“Our tempo wasn’t good offensively,” she said. “I don’t think we sprinted to the places that we need to be in; we didn’t get into our action quick enough, we didn’t get the ball to where we really wanted it to be necessarily.”

With sophomore Diamond Lockhart leading the women, she accumulated nine points, three rebounds and two assists.

Meanwhile, freshman Jyar Francis came in second with seven points and three rebounds; junior Jaleesa Chapel followed suit with six points and five rebounds; junior TaQuandra Mike was the fourth leader with five points, two rebounds and three steals.

Without any senior leaders on the team, Chapel has stepped up as a leader but felt Wednesday’s game was lacking something — heart.

“We were pretty stagnant [Wednesday], we weren’t sprinting the floor like we need to — I just don’t think we had enough heart,” she said. “Our lack of poise was a big issue, so we need to go back to the drawing board and fix that in practice.”

Other point scorers for the Shockers were freshman Ellie Lehne and junior Marija Pacar each with three points; sophomore Aundra Stovall and junior Brittany Martin each with two points.

Adding more than just points to the mix, Lehne had one rebound, two assists and one block; Pacar added two rebounds and three assists; Stovall had one rebound and two assists, and lastly, Martin added three rebounds and four blocks.

Overall, the Shockers shot 30.4 percent (14-46) from the field and 27.3 percent (6-22) from the three-point line.

Adams stressed the tempo of Wednesday’s game was something WSU hasn’t seen before.

“We felt a little rushed at times because we were only seeing one option instead of option two and three,” she said. “It’s a sign of a lack of experience.”

With plenty more games ahead, Adams said things will have to change in practice to improve overall.

As the team heads back to the drawing board for a few days, join them at 7 p.m. Saturday for their next game against Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Arkansas.