SMU's struggles on the road continue with MIAC loss to Scots
ST. PAUL, Minn. The search continues.
The Saint Mary's University women's basketball team opened its season with a 56-43 win over Willamette in the opening round of the Bon Appetite Classic in Portland, Ore.
That, however, would be the Cardinals' only road win of the season, as SMU had dropped six straight games away from the friendly confines of the SMU Gym.
Make that seven straight.
SMU managed to score just three points in the game's first 10 minutes and never recovered, dropping a 64-47 decision to Macalester Wednesday evening.
"We did not play well at all," said SMU coach Shawn Stimmel, whose team dropped its second straight and fourth in their last five games. "We couldn't get anything going early on and once we fell behind, we just never could dig ourselves out of the hole."
Neither team seemed to have much offensive success in the first 20 minutes, as the Cardinals despite shooting a meager 26 percent from the field, trailed by just seven, 21-14, at the intermission.
That seven-point deficit, however, quickly ballooned to 19, 33-14, as Macalester scored the first 12 points of the second half to put the game out of reach.
Jessica Weisbrod (Rollingstone, Minn.) netted a team-high 13 points for SMU marking the eighth time in the Cardinals' last nine games that the SMU junior has scored in double figures.
"This is one of those games I think the ladies would like to have back," said Stimmel, whose Cardinals had beaten the Scots 54-46 in the teams' first meeting this year. "For some reason, we've struggled on the road, and today was no different. We didn't do a very good job of taking care of the ball it's been our Achilles' heel all season, and it was again today. When you turn the ball over 23 times, like we did tonight, you aren't going to win too many games."