BELOIT—The weekend added two more losses to the Midwest Conference ledger for Beloit College’s women’s basketball team.
Strictly in terms of wins and losses, it’s been a rough go for the Buccaneers, who suffered losses to Knox, 74-45, on Friday night and to Illinois College, 67-49, on Saturday afternoon.
In terms of persistence, though, the smallish-sized team has plenty to be proud of.
“I’ve been on them to tell their teammates that they appreciate them and the work they put in,” Beloit head coach Gloria Bradley said. “I don’t think they do it enough and that probably goes for me, too. It’s easy to take the coward’s way out and quit. Life is hard and there is no better example of how to get through life than sports.
They are building their character and learning life lessons every day in practice and every day in games.”
With only eight players again available Saturday, starters Lauren Glaser, Dani Strecj, Kelly McLean and Kelly Loudon all logged over 30 minutes with Strejc putting in 37:07. Only early foul trouble kept starter Christy Melton from joining that party.
“I think we did some things well, but we just didn’t do them consistently,” Bradley said after her team slipped to 3-16 overall and 1-11 in MWC action. “One of the things we didn’t do tonight was box out. It wasn’t because they were bigger, faster, stronger. We’ve been playing teams bigger than us and outrebounding them. We simply did not box out. We just tried to outjump them and we can’t do that. Fundamentally, we dropped the ball.”
IC outrebounded Beloit 50-22 and scored 19 second-chance points to Beloit’s two.
The Prairie Fire led 22-10 after the first quarter and 42-30 at the half. A 3-pointer by Loudon cut it to 49-38 with 6:21 left in the third quarter. The Bucs then forced four stops, but also had four empty possessions on their end.
“Then we lost focus,” Bradley said. “We lost (IC’s Lilly Pepper) four times under the basket. We went from being down 11 to being down 17 in three possessions. That can’t happen. That’s not a little guard slipping in behind us. That’s a pretty big post player. They capitalized on that.”
Loudon finished with 17 points, including three treys, to lead the Bucs. Strejc had 10 points and four assists.
FRIDAY: The Bucs committed 19 first-half turnovers and shot just 29 percent as they fell behind 30-12 at halftime. They turned it on in the second half, but the deficit was too great.
Loudon had a stellar second half with 16 points and finished with a game-high 23. She was 6-of-11 on 3-pointers. She tied Melton for rebound high with seven.
UP NEXT: The Bucs head to Grinnell Wednesday.