The Spartan narrowly let their lead from the majority of the game slip away in the final minutes of their contest with the visiting North Central Missouri College Pirates on Wednesday, November 20. A combination of missed free-throws, a series of missed last-minute shots, and the Pirates raining in seven three pointers in the second half, left the Spartans on the losing end of a 55-53 final score.
Head Coach Addae Houston commented, "Once again the first half of the game was good for us. We played solid defense and stuck to the game plan; limit their three-point shooting and contain the post play inside. We led at the half 27-18 without giving up a single three pointer."
"We have to break the streak of not being a second-half team and learn to play for forty minutes mainly on the defensive end. Unfortunately it is the one area that our team has been consistent at, and we will not be able to be the team that I know we are capable of being until we learn how to put teams away when we are ahead."
SWCC 53 defeated by NCMC 55
Morgan Knorr - 18 points
Jill Vanderhoof - 8 points, 9 rebounds
Darian Polson - 9 points, 7 rebounds