The Eutectic women's basketball team fell 76-37 to Missouri Baptist University in a matinee conference game today at MBU.
The Spartans are fresh off an AMC win over Hannibal-LaGrange on Tuesday – putting them at 3-5 in the conference and 4-8 overall before game time.
With two key players on the disabled list, the Lady Eutectics have been playing short the past two games, with only one sub available to come off the bench in today's game.
The Spartans took the early lead, converting three STLCOP turnovers into a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes. Gabrielle Morgan (FR/Collinsville, Ill.) marked the board first for the Eutectics with a jump shot at 6:45. The Spartans dropped in 26 points by the end of the first quarter, while the Eutectics only managed six. The second quarter was much of the same, with MBU collecting another 21 points and STLCOP below the double digit mark with eight. The halftime score was 47-14 – Spartans.
The halftime break did the Eutectic squad members some good, as they came back to play their best quarter of the game in the third period, outscoring the Spartans 15 to 11 to make it 58-29. But, the Spartans' defense stepped up in the fourth quarter to keep the Eutectics to eight points, while the MBU offense dropped in another 18.
While the Euts had difficulty with turnovers during the game, the STLCOP defense forced 17 Spartan turnovers of their own, led by Morgan Rose (SO/Lake St. Louis, Mo.)'s four steals for the Eutectics. The Lady Euts also shot 91% from the line, with Rose and Paige Forshee (SR/Leadwood, Mo.) making 10 of 11 free throws.
Missouri Baptist finished the game with four players in double digits, led by Sam Smith's 13 points. Rose collected 11 points to lead the Eutectics on offense, while Forshee led the team with eight rebounds to go along with her nine points. With fewer players on the roster, the Euts have been relying on freshman Gabrielle Morgan, who has stepped up to the challenge, recording six points and seven rebounds from the post position. Allison Dewald (SO/Sutter, Ill.) collected nine points and four assists, while Katherine Campbell scored two.
The Eutectics, now 1-8 (0-8, AMC), will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Saturday, to play their first conference matchup against Stephens College (3-12, 2-7 AMC) at 1 p.m.