Western women falter late and lose big to Northeastern

MWSUMissouri Western’s women played well in the first half, but after falling behind by one point with 33 seconds to play, the Griffons never led again, and fell behind in the second half, losing 73-56 Saturday after at MWSU Fieldhouse against Northeastern State.

The Griffons fell to 13-7 and 6-6 in the MIAA, while the RiverHawks sit at 14-6 and 9-3 in the conference.

Missouri Western was sparked by Cassey Sobaski’s two first-half 3-pointers. Sobaski scored a career high 10 points total in the game, placing second on the team behind senior Brittany Griswold’s 22.

The Griffons fell behind 20-15 early in the contest, but stormed back to take a 27-23 lead with 3 minutes, 19 seconds to play in the first half after Sobaski made one of two free throw attempts. The RiverHawks stayed poised and came back to take the lead with 33 seconds left as Fontana Tate scored a layup to make it 30-29 at the break.

Missouri Western went 4-for-12 from the 3-point line and Northeastern shot 3-for-9. In the second half, the RiverHawks came out and scored several fast-breaks to pull away early in the half. The Griffons cut the RiverHawks’ lead back down to four with 11:06 left in the game after Alicia Bell knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 47-43.

Northeaster went on a 9-0 run shortly afterward to make it 56-43, and kept a double-digit lead the rest of the way to close out the victory 73-56.

The RiverHawks were led by guard Taylor Lewis, who had 19 points. Griswold finished 9-for-14 and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. TheĀ  Griffons finished 22-for-66 from the field compared to Northeastern’s 28 field goals out of 53 attempts.

Up next for the Griffons is a road game against Washburn at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night. The Lady Blues are currently ranked No. 9 in the country with a 14-3 record and 8-1 in the MIAA.

— MWSU Sports Information —