CRETE, Neb. – College of Saint Mary Basketball Coach Kirk Walker said the Flames suffered “too many defensive breakdowns against a really good offensive team” Wednesday night.
Doane University defeated CSM 90-68 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference contest.
“Doane had 50 points in the paint, which means we did not do a good job guarding the ball,” Walker said. “They also beat us on second-chance points by eight.
“We didn’t quit and played really good third and fourth quarters. That says a lot about the character of our team. We just have to find a way to play better for 40 minutes.”
Bailey White (SR/Council Bluffs, Iowa) led the Flames with 18 points. Teammate Allison Schubert (JR/Council Bluffs, Iowa) tossed in 13 points and Allisa Schubert (JR/Council Bluffs, Iowa) also reached double digits with 10 points. Madelyn Turner (SR/Bennington, Neb.) scored nine points, grabbed seven rebounds and also had three steals. Kenzi Hoit (SR/Omaha, Neb.) finished with six points and Clare Lewandowski (SR/Lincoln, Neb.) pulled down six rebounds.
“Offensively we got some things going and hit some shots,” Walker said. “We were definitely better at the free-throw line tonight and also shot it well from three.”
The Flames are now 1-6 in the GPAC and 3-8 overall. Doane improves to 3-4, 5-4.
CSM returns to action Sunday with a 2:05 p.m. exhibition game at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
“We play Sunday against Omaha and then finish our conference season before Christmas break against Midland,” Walker said. “Hopefully we can continue to get better and try and pick up another conference win before the break when we head to Florida.”