Blossoms Fall In Season Opener

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ST. CHARLES, Missouri – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s women’s basketball team opened the 2014-15 season with a 70-68 loss on the road to Lindenwood Friday night.

Freshman Taylor Collins made a pair of free throws with 4:19 remaining to give the Blossoms (0-1) at 66-64 lead over the Lady Lions (1-0), answered on the other end by two free throws by Lindenwood’s Vanessa Zailo to knot the score at 66-all with 3:54 remaining. Neither team scored over the next three minutes, leaving the final scoring to come down to the final minute of regulation.

tv Sports reflection 10dbLindenwood’s Jenny Rocha ended the scoring drought with a made jumper with 50 seconds remaining, answered by a layup from UAM junior Nikki Mullen with 36 seconds left. Lindenwood’s Morgan Johnson made a layup with seven seconds on the clock to finalize the scoring and give UAM a loss on opening day.

After a back-and-forth 10 minutes to open the first half, the Lady Lions were the first team to separate themselves with a 13-0 run to take a 23-13 lead with 6:42 remaining in the opening period. Lindenwood got up by as much as 13 points before UAM made a run to end the half. The Blossoms outscored the Lady Lions 10-2 in the final four minutes of the half to cut the deficit to just two points (30-28) at the halftime break.

In the second half, UAM used an 8-0 run to take a seven-point lead of 50-43 with 11:37 remaining for its largest lead of the game. Lindenwood scored nearly a third of its total points in the next six minutes with a 21-8 run to hold a 64-58 lead with 5:43 remaining.

UAM ended the run with eight straight points over the next minute, six of those points coming from Taylor Collins, to give the Blossoms a 66-64 lead with 4:19 remaining.

The Blossoms shot 43 percent from the field (26-for-61), 38 percent on three-pointers (6-for-16) and 67 percent on foul shots (10-for-15). Lindenwood shot 42 percent from the field (28-for-67), 47 percent on three-pointers (7-for-15) and 88 percent on foul shots (7-for-8).

Junior Jordan Goforth led all scorers with 20 points. Junior Tamia Grady followed with 17, and Collins finished with 15. Sophomore Tori Nichols turned in 10 rebounds in her UAM debut.

Kassidy Gengenbacher paced the Lady Lions with 18 points. Vanessa Zailo tallied a game-high 18 rebounds.

The Blossoms are back in action on Thursday, November 20 at home against East Central for the first Great American Conference game of the season. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. inside Steelman Field House.

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