BC ends regular season, preps for HCAC tournament
By Tim Stried
February 24, 2003
|Special to: The Bluffton News (Feb. 27), The Witmarsum (Feb. 28), Alumni e-newsletter (Feb. 25), but you read it here first.
The Bluffton College women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season Saturday and will now head to The College of Mount St. Joseph on Tues., Feb. 25 for the first round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
The Beavers dropped a pair of games last week to see their record slip to 2-22 overall and 1-13 in the HCAC. Bluffton will take the #7 seed into the tournament, with the winner of Tuesday night's game advancing to the league's final four on Friday hosted by #1 seed Franklin College.
Seniors Heather Demery, Paula Fry, Liesel Hughett, Melissa James, Lyndsey Robinson and Kristen Siller were honored on Wed. night prior to the Defiance game as that group suited up for the final time in Founders Hall.
Final statistical leaders and all-league honors will be released next week.
Feb. 19: BC 47, Defiance 84
James hit a career-high five 3-pointers, but Bluffton fell 84-47 to a visiting Defiance squad Wed. night in Founders Hall.
James finished with a game-high 18 points, while Hughett scored a career-high 11 points, including a career-high three 3-pointers. As a team, the Beavers were 10-for-25 from trey land, both numbers marking season-highs.
Defiance led 34-21 at halftime and went on runs of 15-5 and 14-3 midway through the second half to take control of the game.
Robinson grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with four points.
Feb. 22: BC 47, Thomas More 76
James led Bluffton with 10 points and Robinson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Beavers fell 76-47 at Thomas More Saturday.
Junior Lindsay Bacon tied her career high with three 3-pointers, shooting an impressive 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. She ended the game with nine points and three boards.
Bluffton out-rebounded Thomas More 48-46 but the Saints forced the Beavers into a season-high 39 turnovers. Thomas More attempted 34 3-pointers in the game, the most of any opponent against BC this season.
A pair of free throws from senior Kristen Siller gave Bluffton an 11-9 lead with 10:08 remaining in the first half, but the Saints then went on a 27-4 run and led 38-20 at halftime.
Robinson added eight points to go along with her game-high rebounding total, while junior Karen Harris and Siller both chipped in seven points.