Up And Down Weekend For Lady Maple Leafs On The Road
Box Scores: Saturday | Sunday
ADRIAN, Mich. - Just one day after their roughest outing of the season, a different team hit the floor Sunday in Michigan. While they were unable to net a victory, the Maple Leafs held tight to a Siena Heights team that currently sits in second place in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference - three teams in national poll - with a 9-3 mark.
"I felt we bounced back from a bad performance and played much more to our capabilities today with pretty good consistency," head coach Steve Wiktorowski. "We battled a lot of foul trouble with three players picking up three fouls each in the first half. That forced us to play a lot of zone and not press much."
Goshen came out on fire as they nailed 59% from the field in the first half. Maintaining possession of the basketball, however, was an issue early for the Maple Leafs as they turned the ball over eight times in the first 12 minutes. The Saints also hit four first-half 3-pointers as the teams went into intermission tied 39-39.
Siena Heights heated up in the second half as they drained 54% from the field in the final 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Leafs legs began to show signs of fatigue from a road trip the previous day and final exams all week leading up to the busy weekend. Their shooting percentage dropped 20% in the second half. The Saints used a 6-0 run in the matter of six seconds to pull away late in the half.
"Overall we fought through a lot of adversity pretty well," Wiktorowski explained. "We talked a lot going into this game about things we need to do to become a more consistent team and I thought we took some positive steps towards reaching those goals today."
Senior Lindsay Gangloff led four Maple Leafs in double digits scoring with 17 points, while junior Erica Yost had 15, junior Cassie Greives scored 13, and freshman Jenna Rusmisel poured in 12.
The Leafs are in action again on Tuesday as they travel to Calumet College of St. Joseph's. They then return home for a Tuesday match up against Holy Cross and a Saturday tie with Bluffton before Christmas break.
HAMMOND, Ind. - Every team has those days where that they just do not perform at the level they would like. In those cases, it is often best to learn what you can and then move on as fast as possible.
Saturday's 55-105 loss at Purdue University - Calumet will likely go down as one of those games that Wiktorowski and his team will not want to dwell on for too long.
On the afternoon, the Maple Leafs hit just 31% from the field and knocked in only 2-of-12 from long range. They also turned the ball over 31 times, the most since their season opener.
Gangloff again led Goshen with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, while Greives was just one point short of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.