Lady Mustangs fall to Greensboro
Greensboro 85 MACU 48
By David Gough
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Mid-Atlantic Christian University women’s basketball fell to Division III-opponent Greensboro College 85-48, Tuesday evening at home in Chesson Gym.
The Lady Mustangs’ loss drops them to a 1-3 record early in the season as the Lady Pride improved to 2-0.
Greensboro opened up a big lead early, never letting MACU get back into the game, but MACU coach Charles Troxell was pleased with the improvements he saw from his team as the game moved on.
“A game like that against a really good team, yeah you start out wanting to win,” Troxell said. “But as a coach, if you get better over the course of the game, (it’s good) and that’s what we did.”
A combination of a hot start from the field for the Lady Pride and several turnovers committed by the Lady Mustangs helped separate the two teams quickly in the first quarter.
Greensboro made its first six shot attempts of the game, eight if you include two free throws. The Lady Pride led 14-5 in the game’s first five minutes.
Greensboro eventually finished the quarter 11 of 15 from the field, with all four misses being from beyond the 3-point line.
MACU didn’t have as easy of a time shooting the ball and it even turned the ball over eight times in the game’s first ten minutes. The Lady Pride turned it over just once in that span as they started the second quarter with a 27-10 advantage.
The defensive effort improved for the Lady Mustangs in the second quarter as Greensboro missed its first five shots before finally scoring just more than three minutes into the quarter.
Still, the Lady Pride took a bigger lead into halftime at 42-20.
Tuesday’s third quarter was the most evenly played by the two teams, however, thanks in large part to a late run made by MACU.
Trailing 60-28 late in the quarter, the Lady Mustangs had their brightest spot of the night. They rattled off four consecutive made shots for a 9-0 run.
The run was started by a jumper from freshman Imani Simmons after a nice screen gave her an open shot. Freshman Cinnamon Stanfield followed that with a made basket and lone-senior Talethia Alexander hit a triple after a turnover.
Sophomore Amanda Lemons finished MACU’s best stretch of the night with a steal and a fastbreak layup.
“That’s what we’re capable of,” Troxell said. “It was a nice run and we put some baskets together. What was really good is that it started on the defensive end. We were getting steals, playing good defense, communicating better.”
Lemons and Simmons both finished with a team-high 10 points on the night. Lemons led the Lady Mustangs with eight in the first half behind two made 3-pointers.
Simmons, one of five freshmen on a team with just nine players total on the roster, scored nine of her 10 points in the second half.
“She had some nice pull-up shots and was aggressive going to the basket,” Troxell said. “She was definitely a bright spot for us.”
Overall, Greensboro had an easier time in the fourth quarter than when it only outscored MACU by three in the third.
The Lady Pride outscored the Lady Mustangs by 12 to finish the game with an 85-48 win, just two points shy of tying its largest lead of the game a couple minutes prior.
Greensboro was led by its own freshman in Ashley Free who scored 16 points, 12 in the first half.
MACU also only had eight players active on Tuesday. The Lady Pride has a 17-woman roster and were able substitute in five players at a time on a handful occasions throughout the night.
MACU freshman Kendra Campbell led everyone with nine total rebounds. Stanfield and Alexander both scored eight points.
Stanfield also had eight boards, seven of which came at the defensive end.
The Lady Mustangs don’t play again until they head to Regent University on November 27.
“I like our energy,” Troxell said. “Our energy was good today and it has been all year. We’re continuing to improve. Our defense, I want to see that continue to improve and I’ve seen us take strides the last couple games. But we got a long ways to go.”