ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Missouri Western Women’s Basketball (11-11, 6-7 MIAA) held a halftime lead and trailed by just two points in the fourth quarter against one of the top teams in the MIAA, but lost to Lindenwood (16-4, 10-3 MIAA) 69-58 on Saturday afternoon.
- Lindenwood had the early advantage on Saturday, jumping out to a 20-16 lead after the first quarter on 67 percent shooting.
- The Griffons turned up the defensive pressure with their best stretch of the game in the second quarter, holding Lindenwood to just 11 points in the quarter.
- Katrina Roenfeldt spearheaded the Missouri Western offense in the first half, scoring 13 points to lead the Griffons to a 34-31 advantage at the half.
- Roenfeldt and Melia Richardson were the only two Missouri Western players to register a point in the third quarter, combining for 14 points to keep the Griffons within reach.
- After falling behind as much as 12 points in the second half, the Griffons made it a one-possession game at 55-53 with 7:38 to play.
- Lindenwood closed the game on a 14-5 run to pull away late, holding the Griffons to two made field goals over the last seven minutes.
- Both teams struggled shooting the ball from distance, combining for just six triples all game.
- Roenfeldt led all scorers with 27 points on 50 percent shooting.
- Richardson finished with one point shy of her season high with 17 points
- Richardson and Brittany Atkins each registered four steals.
- Missouri Western will return home to take on Southwest Baptist (6-16, 2-11 MIAA) on Feb. 13.
- The Bearcats will have lost five-straight games entering their matchup with the Griffons.
— MWSU Athletics —