Women’s basketball ends road trip with second-half collapse


Phil Brahm | Lindenlink Managing Editor
Jan. 4, 2016; 8:30 p.m.

Head coach Tony Francis looks to his bench after his team is called for a foul during a game earlier this season.
Photo by Carly Fristoe

Falling apart in the second half, the women’s basketball team wrapped up the first road trip of the new year with an 87-58 loss to Emporia State.

Giving up the lead late in the first quarter, the Lions played a close-fought battle throughout the rest of the half.

Top scorer Kassidy Gengenbacher led the comeback-effort, scoring 11 points during the first 20 minutes. Charisse Williams tallied 6 points as well, and Vanessa Zailo brought in 6 rebounds before heading to the locker room facing a six-point deficit.

With no answer to the Emporia State’s overwhelming offense, the Lions deficit continued to grow throughout the second half.

Kelly Moten, who ended the night with 28 points and 6 assists, led the way for the Hornets. Three of her teammates also broke double-digits in the point column on the scoresheet.

On the other end of the floor, the Hornets’ defense combined for 13 blocks and 40 rebounds.

With a conference record of 3-4, Lindenwood now falls into a tie with Missouri Southern in the middle of the conference standings. The Lions will return to the Hyland Arena on Friday, Jan. 7, to take on Fort Hays State.

The Tigers have only lost one conference game this season and hold an overall record of 12-1.