Queen Bees slump to third in the MCC

The Queen Bees huddle at practice to discuss their offensive plays. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
The Queen Bees huddle at practice to discuss their offensive plays. Photo by Mary Schechinger.
For three weeks the Queen Bees have enjoyed being in the top-25 but after this past week they are sure to fall out of the polls.

The Queen Bees traveled last Wednesday to Des Moines to face AIB. Samantha Saladino led the Queen Bees with 30 points and nine rebounds for the night but her efforts were squandered in the 70-66 loss.

The Queen Bees fell behind early to the Eagles 20-13 with eight minutes to go before halftime and didn’t get any closer.

The Queen Bees were getting outscored 14-4 in bench points, something they have focused on early in the year, and would go into the locker down 41-27.

The second half wouldn’t be any prettier for the Queen Bees as they were 1-4 from beyond the arc. Despite the poor shooting, the inside game was working for the Queen Bees as they pulled to within one with just over four minutes to play. However, an 8-4 run by the Eagles in two minutes of play allowed for some separation that would be enough for AIB.

Lauren Cash was second in scoring with 13 points and four rebounds and Katie Jensen contributed 14 rebounds and three points as well.

The Queen Bees were looking to get back to their winning ways last Saturday when they traveled to William Penn University but were unable to pull out the 61-60 loss in Oskaloosa.

Cash led the way for the Queen Bees with 21 points after a disappointing game Wednesday. However, the cold shooting from beyond the arc continued for the Queen Bees as they were 2-17 Saturday afternoon.

St. Ambrose took a 12 point lead into the half but saw it dwindle before the game was tied at 45 with 9:45 to play. It was back and forth action until the Queen Bees built a four point lead with 1:04 to play, but the Lady Statesmen weren’t done. Janay Pritchett would go aggressive to the basket and draw the foul. She made the free throw to cut the lead to one with 54 seconds to play.

A missed jumper by Saladino allowed for William Penn to take the lead. Orielle Thomas connected on a shot that gave them a one-point advantage. With 19 seconds to play, the Queen Bees brought it up court and found Cash near the baseline, but she missed her shot. Jensen grabbed the rebound, but her shot didn’t fall either.

The loss drops them to 17-5 on the season and 4-3 in the MCC as they fall to third in the conference. The Queen Bees will host Grand View on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. in Lee Lohman Arena.

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