A slow opening start and a total of 21 turnovers prevented Midwestern State from snapping its two-game losing streak Tuesday evening as the Mustangs dropped a 68-56 contest to Southern Nazarene (Okla.) at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
For Midwestern State (1-5), junior post Jennifer Sissel put together a career night with a career-high 12 points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc with three steals. Sophomore guard Krishawn Crockett also reached double figures with 11 points, connecting on three treys to lead the Mustangs.
Junior guard Abby Boyd paced the Southern Nazarene (2-1) offense with 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting while junior guard Danielle Gaddis added 16 points and eight boards. Freshman forward Kandyce Freeman came off the bench to provide 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Crimson Storm turned 21 MSU turnovers into 25 points on the evening, jumping out to an 11-2 advantage following four MSU miscues in the first five minutes of the game.
SNU opened up a double-digit lead at 21-11 at the end of the first quarter before the Mustangs pulled back within five midway through the second after a three-pointer from sophomore guard Kristin Rydell for a 23-18 contest. A four-plus minute scoring drought allowed SNU to push its lead out to 13 before taking a 33-22 lead at the break.
The Crimson Storm only allowed the Mustangs to climb back within eight in the third quarter with Crockett connecting on a three ball for a 33-25 game with 9:37 to play. SNU stretched its lead to as many as 19 in the third following a jumper from freshman guard Adrienne Berry with less than a minute to play.
Back-to-back threes from senior guard Kathryn Odom and Crockett brought the Mustangs within 14 in the final minutes after a 20-point deficit. However, the Crimson Storm only allowed their lead to dwindle down to 11 in the final stretch to record the 68-56 victory.
SNU finished the evening with a 44.6 shooting percentage (25-of-56) while the Mustangs recorded a 37.7 percent (23-of-61) clip. The Crimson Storm made 21 trips to the line, shooting 14-of-21 (66.7%) while MSU managed just 3-of-5 (60%).
The Mustangs held a 38-35 advantage on the glass with a 14-10 edge on the offensive side to outscore the Crimson Storm 11-4 in second chance points.
Midwestern State next heads east for a Saturday matchup at Arkansas-Fort Smith. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. at Stubblefield Center.