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Women Drop Road Contest to Penn Valley

January 28, 2013

Lauren Maclin  
Lauren Maclin and the Archers will try to end a two-game skid when they host the Missouri
Baptist University junior varsity squad Jan. 30.

A strong first half saw the Archers grab an eight-point lead and position themselves for a quality road victory against a regional opponent. However, it was the sluggish second half that led to a late Archers loss, 67-58, to Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Jan. 26.

The second-half slump has been a trouble spot for the Archers for much of this season. It appeared as if the Archers had kicked their late-game struggles after rallying for an 83-82 double-overtime victory at North Central College Jan. 19. Since that victory, however, the Archers have lost consecutive games to complete their recent three-game road stretch at 1-2.

The Archers have leaned heavily on the contributions of freshman guard Kalah Martin (Kirkwood), who jump-started her offensive production with a career-high 29 points in the win over North Central, and sophomore guard Kirstie Owen (Salem), who has also seen her production receive a sharp uptick in the past month. The contributions from that tandem have not translated directly into wins, however, as the Archers (11-7) have dropped five of their last six games.

That trend has also coincided with arguably the toughest month of scheduling the Archers will approach this year, as well as a roster shakeup at the beginning of the second semester.

The Archers hope to revert again to the success enjoyed on their home court all season, when they play the first of three consecutive home games next week, beginning Wednesday against Missouri Baptist’s junior varsity. Game time is 5:30 p.m.