Women’s basketball loses to University of Indianapolis


(From left) Lions Lindsay Medlen, Sara Ross, and Kylie Ferguson celebrate after a basket while University of Illinois player #34, Lanie Hicks, recovers the ball on Nov. 16, 2018.
Photo by Mitchell Kraus

Billy Woods, Reporter

The Lindenwood women’s basketball team lost 61-58 to the University of Indianapolis Greyhounds after a late three-pointer by the Greyhounds ended the Lions’ comeback hopes. 

Heading into the matchup with the Greyhounds, the Lions were 2-2 in their last four games dating back to their 73-60 victory over Missouri S&T on Jan. 2. 

The Lions started hot, outscoring the Greyhounds early and starting the second half with a 10-point lead. In the first half, the Lions defense forced the Greyhounds into tough spots on the court, holding them to 10-of-30 shooting.  

The third quarter came, and so did the Greyhounds offense. After only 23 points in the first half, the Greyhounds scored 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting in the third quarter. The Lions remained in the game, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in the quarter.  

Down by one point entering the fourth quarter, the Lions faced an uphill battle, as the Greyhounds offense remained hot. The Greyhounds were able to create more shot opportunities, attempting 21 field goals to the Lions nine. With 35 seconds left in the game, the Greyhounds drilled their only three-pointer of the quarter to clinch the game. 

Kallie Bildner led the way for the Lions, playing all 40 minutes and scoring 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from three, and grabbing 13 rebounds. It is the fifth double-double this season for Bildner, as well as her fifth time scoring over 20 points. As her all-around game improves, Bildner keeps extending her offensive capabilities, matching a season best in three-pointers attempted and made this game.  

The Lions now fall to 7-5 on the season, including 2-1 at home and 4-3 on the road. The Lions will host Bellarmine University on Jan. 18 at Hyland Arena.