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Nov 4, 2018

Panhandle State Communications

Road Woes for Women’s Basketball

McPherson, Kan.—The Panhandle State women’s basketball team took two losses in a weekend tournament hosted by McPherson College Friday and Saturday. The Aggies fell to Bethel College (63-49) and McPherson (66-46).

Friday’s first outing saw the Aggies own a 29-25 lead at halftime, taking ten points off turnovers in the first two periods. A disappointing third period performance put just three points on the board for the Aggies who averaged 7.14 percent from the field and went 1-11 beyond the arc. With a ten-point advantage going into the final ten minutes of play, Bethel posted 21 points in the fourth period. Although the Aggies battled back with 17 points, they could not overcome the third-period slump.

Addison Munsch led the team in scoring with 11 points, including three made at the line. Munsch also held the team-high in rebounds with seven and offered two assists. Kelsea Illengo and Kaylee Morgan were the team’s next leading scorers, putting up nine and eight points respectively; Illengo also brought down four boards. Monti Regier gathered a game-high with four steals and Taylor Acosta led the Aggies in assists with three; Regier and teammate Kim Best each had one block in the game. Overall the Aggies averaged 25 percent from the field, 17.9 percent from three-point range and 46. 2 percent in free throw shooting. Bethel shot 30.6 percent from the field, 23.5 percent beyond the arc and 75 percent at the line, adding 21 points in free throws. The Aggies were beaten at the boards 64-35.

On Saturday, McPherson held a healthy lead after the first two periods of play (34-20). Panhandle gave up 19 points in the paint during the first half. The team suffered another slow start after the break, scoring just six points in the third period. Panhandle put up a valiant effort, outscoring the Bulldogs 20-17 in the fourth, but were taken by 20 points in the end.

Leading the Aggies in points was Hannah Faulks who scored 16 points and had six rebounds, two blocks and two steals on the day. Regier and Munsch finished with nine and eight points each, and Munsch led the team in rebounds with eight; Regier landed three shots from three-point range. Morgan and Acosta combined for nine assists, with Morgan holding the game-high with five. As a team the Aggies averaged 26.1 percent from the field, 15.2 percent in three point shots and 41.7 percent at the line. McPherson held a 36.4 percent shooting average and hit 41.7 percent from three-point range and 61.8 percent at the line; they led 61-40 in rebounds.

Commenting on the losses, Head Coach Victor Esparza stated, “It was a tough road trip. Our offense struggled in both game, but our defense still held up which is a great sign. We just have to come back ready to work this week and prepare for our home-opener.”

With a 2-2 record on the season, the Aggies look to improve as they host Friends University on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6 p.m. in Anchor D Arena. Live stats and video streaming will be available for those unable to attend in person. Visit opeuaggies.com for season ticket information and game links.

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