Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Lynx | Schools
CLINTON, Iowa--A late comeback attempt fell just short for the Ashford women's basketball team on Friday night, as the Saints wrapped up a four-game homestand with a 61-58 loss to Lindenwood-Belleville.Senior Deana Bledsoe led all players with 18 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. The Glendale, Ariz.-native was one of three Saints to reach double-figures along with Clare Gloede (13 pts.) and Quinn Rear (11 pts.).
But a first half in which the Saints shot only 4-for-26 (15.4%) and 0-for-9 from behind the three point line was too much to overcome in the end as the Saints fell to 10-13 on the year.
"I loved our fight to come back tonight," Head Coach Amy Eagan said. "But we can't put ourselves in that position and rely on making runs later in the game. We didn't shoot it well in the first half, but I was happy that we came out with confidence in the second half and our shots started to fall. But in the end that first half hurt us."
After opening the game with a 4-0 lead, the Saints went without a field goal over the final 13:49 of the first half. However, Ashford stayed within striking distance at 32-19, thanks to shooting 11-for-15 from the free throw line.
The Lynx would maintain a double-figure lead midway through the second half, when suddenly the momentum began to tilt in Ashford's favor.
The Saints would gradually chip away at the lead until a jumper from Briaunna Guthrie brought Ashford within one possession at 44-41 with 5:12 to play.
Trailing with less than a minute to go, Bledsoe connected on a jumper from the elbow to make it a 57-56 Lindenwood-Belleville lead, the closest the game had been since the 14:29 mark of the first half. But the comeback was not to be as the Lynx ripped off the next five points to steal the win.
Ashford finished the game shooting 32.8% (20-for-61) from the floor, while the Lynx connected on 41.5% (22-for-53).
Lindenwood-Belleville had four players reach double-digits to improve to 12-8 with the win.
The Saints now turn their attention to a rematch with Robert Morris University on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Eagles downed the Saints back on Dec. 29, 80-72.
Tip-off from Chicago is set for 6:00 p.m.