PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Park University women's basketball team packed more of an offensive punch Saturday afternoon against 24th-ranked Lindenwood-Belleville than it had earlier in the week in a loss to Harris-Stowe, but three double-digit scorers weren't enough for the Pirates, who fell 75-66 to the Lynx at Breckon Sports Center.
Brook Vaughan led the Pirates with 13 points and Selena Dunn narrowly missed another double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds, matching Kiana Matthrews' 10 points, but the Pirates were hard-pressed to find an answer for the Lynx' Alison Webb, who had 20 points and 16 boards. Lindenwood (12-4, 8-2 AMC) also had 13 from Brianna Mueller and 10 from Candac Niemerg, out-doing the Pirates on the glass 56-46, as Park fell to 2-11 (2-8 AMC).
Lindenwood-Belleville was able to separate a see-saw first quarter to lead 22-16 through the first 10 minutes, but in the second, the Pirates fought back to get within one on a 6-0 run that featured baskets by Dunn, Matthews and Kenya Lindo to make it 24-23 with 6:22 left in the half. The Lynx managed to go on an 8-2 run, though, leading 32-25 with 4:05 in the half, and Tiara Bramlett turned a Torre Kohrmann rebound in to two in the lane with 33 seconds before the halftime horn, sending The Lynx to intermission up 38-31.
Like Thursday's game against Harris-Stowe, the Pirates were agressive to begin the third quarter, opening on a 4-0 run to make it a one-possession game, when Vaughan scored a minute in to make it 38-35. Lindenwood-Belleville got its lead back to eight points twice, but with 1:28 in the quarter, Dunn brought the Pirates all the way back with a pair from the foul line, tying the game 54-54. The Lynx answered with a basket and got a stop, looking to go up four, but Vaughan picked up a steal and went to the cup to again draw even, this time at 56-56 with 44 seconds left in the quarter. Lindenwood did get a Vivevca Nwagbaraocha buzzer-beater to reclaim a lead through three quarters, slimmed to two points, 58-56.
Park never led in the fourth, but Camille Buttorff did cut it to one on Park's first possession, getting a steal and a foul before making the front end of two shots to make it 58-57. That was the last time Park had a chance to take a lead, though, as Vaughan had the team within two with 5:33 to go, a basket answered by a Lindenwood spurt that had the Lynx up eight eith 51 seconds to go, 73-65, on a pair of free throws by Mueller.
"It was competitve from the jump ball," said Park coach Kenneth Cooper. "We executed and came out with a different mindset. I thought we did a good job defensively, especially starting five guards. (Alison Webb) is a big, physical post. We gave up too many points in the post, but I thought Selena Dunn and Brook Vaughan did a good job with the offensive change. We installed in in two days, and I think we can build on it. We made a step in the right direction today."
The Pirates are on the road next week, beginning Thursday at 5:30, at Columbia College, on the Pirate Sports Network.