Bluffton preps for back-to-back home gamesDecember 10, 2001
Following a nine-day hiatus from competition, the Bluffton College women's basketball team will now welcome two opponents to Founders Hall within three days, beginning on Saturday as the Beavers host The College of Mount St. Joseph at 2:00 p.m. in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest. BC will then hit the court again on Monday night at 7:30 as Otterbein College comes to town.
Mount St. Joseph has dropped their last five games, including three straight in the HCAC, while Otterbein is now 3-3 overall after suffering their first Ohio Athletic Conference loss on Saturday at home against Heidelberg.
Bluffton ranks second in the HCAC in defensive rebounds, averaging 30.9 defensive boards per game, but the Beavers are looking for their first win of the season after falling in their first seven contests, two of which have been conference games.
Junior Melissa James (LaRue/Elgin) ranks among the league leaders in points (13th with 10.0 ppg), rebounds (8th with 6.4 rpg) and assists (2.9 asp). Junior Lyndsey Robinson (Fostoria) ranks 7th in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 18th in scoring (8.9 ppg), while sophomore Karen Harris (Bowling Green) ranks 3rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.412) and 9th in assists (2.3 apg).
A tough Adrian College defense held Bluffton to a 17.9% shooting clip in the first half and didn't let up in the second half as the host Bulldog squad took a 78-44 win over Bluffton College in Adrian, Michigan last Wednesday night.
Adrian jumped out to a 26-2 lead after the first 13 minutes of the game. Bluffton hit five field goals in the first half, two of which were 3-pointers by Karen Harris within 50 seconds of each other.
Harris and junior Heather Demery shared the team scoring honors with nine points each. Melissa James added seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
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