The Lady Pilots came up short once again in a Crossroads League match-up against Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 63-56.
The Pilots were looking for their 2nd conference win of the season over the 13-6 Cougars and they came pretty close to achieving it behind the hand of Bethel’s Kamala Glen. She had herself a game, putting up 17 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, and 6 steals.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Pilots looked good as well. They made the Cougars commit 22 turnovers that resulted in 21 points off turnovers and the team had a season-high 16 steals overall. The pieces seemed to be in place for a big win at home.
However, old and new problems still hurt the team’s chance of pulling it off. On offense, the Pilots gave 20 turnovers which kept the game close the whole way. The Cougars silenced the rebounding leader for the Pilots, Kaitlin Elsasser, causing her to go scoreless and have only one rebound all game.
Despite the struggles, the Lady Pilots managed to pull out in front with 6:13 remaining in the game. The two teams fought for the lead the next four minutes. Then, the Cougars would pull away with 2:09 left to go.
One might argue though that the person responsible for putting the Lady Pilots in the lead also started the momentum shift in the game.
With 31 seconds left to go in regulation, the game was still within reach for the Pilots, the score being 59-56. The Pilots got the ball, called timeout, and Kamala Glen was given the responsibility to throw the ball in-bounds from half-court. She threw the ball up and the Cougar’s Rachel Perry came down with it. Bethel’s Tayha Bruce had to cause a foul to stop the game clock and the result was two free throws. The Lady Pilots wouldn’t come close to the 3-point margin for the rest of the game.
To place the blame of the loss on Glen would be wrong because she nearly put up a triple-double and kept her team in the game, but there was a definite momentum shift following her turnover late in the fourth quarter. The Lady Pilots have now posted a 6-14 record overall and 1-7 in Crossroads League play. They have now lost 7 of their last 8 games.
They will get their next shot at a 2nd conference win tonight at Taylor University. There has to be some sense of urgency from the Lady Pilot’s team going into their next game and hopefully, they will be able to turn their bad luck around.