Another slow start leads to another loss for Hawks

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 12, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Quincy University women's basketball coach Jeni Garber knows it's time to rewrite a monotonous storyline.

She and her staff have five days to revisit what has worked, eliminate what hasn't and come up with a solution for the Hawks' inability to play with aggressive energy at the start of a game.

All ideas will be put on the table following Saturday's 91-76 loss to Missouri S&T in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena.

"We have to sit down and watch the film and figure out what can we change, what can we do a little bit different to help put our players in successful situations," Garber said. "The most important thing is they have to be comfortable where they are and with what they're doing. Then they won't be hesitant and take better shots."

The goal is for the Hawks to not bury themselves in the first quarter.

For the third time in the last four games, Quincy trailed at the end of the first quarter as it shot 27.6 percent and missed five 3-point attempts in falling behind 21-11. It's a trend that has followed the Hawks since losing the first two games of the season.

The Hawks (5-8, 1-4 GLVC) have outscored their opponents 15.6-15.1 on average in the first quarter overall, but they've been outscored by six points on average in the first quarter in the eight losses.

"We always find ourselves digging a hole in the first half, and that's something we have to overcome as a team," QU freshman guard Laney Lantz said. "We're really going to work on that and emphasize we can't out ourselves in a huge hole."

The problem this time was the Hawks didn't have any offensive continuity or rhythm to rally around.

Lantz was the Hawks' most consistent threat, scoring a game-high 25 points as she went 7 of 12 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free-throw line. The problem was no one else followed her lead.

The rest of the team shot just 35.8 percent from the floor and went 3 of 18 from 3-point range.

"We were very hesitant with our shots in the first quarter," Garber said. "Then we get a little more not confident in what we're doing and then it kind of snowballs."

It resulted in little ball movement and even less off-the-ball action. The Hawks finished with just nine assists and scored just six points in transition.

"We were very slow," Garber said. "Once we got going in the second half, we were a lot better. But we can't get down by any amount really and think we can come back."

Missouri S&T (6-6, 2-3 GLVC) never opened the door for a comeback. The Miners scored 51 points in the second half, had four players in double figures and shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range. They also had 16 second-chance points after outrebounding the Hawks 47-35 overall.

"When shots don't fall, we don't play as good of defense either," Garber said. "It put us in a bad spot once again."

Missouri S&T 91, Quincy University 76

MISSOURI S&T (6-6, 2-3 GLVC)

Kabetske 2-10 15-16 19, Raley 6-11 1-1 17, Baylor 6-10 1-1 13, Durk 3-7 2-2 10, Kerr 3-7 2-4 8, Brown 4-7 1-2 9, Rodriguez 2-4 3-4 7, Harvey 3-3 0-0 6, Keys 1-1 0-0 2, McFeders 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-62 25-30 91.

QU (5-8, 1-4)

Lantz 7-12 10-14 25, Petrovic 7-14 0-0 15, Low 4-7 2-4 10, Gobald 1-5 0-0 2, Schraufnagel 0-1 0-0 0, Porth 1-4 4-8 6, Adeyinka 2-5 2-5 6, Merino 2-10 0-2 5, Rivera 1-2 2-2 4, Prince 1-2 0-0 3, Nelson 0-3 0-2 0. Totals 26-65 20-37 76.

Missouri S&T 21 19 24 27--91

QU 11 16 23 26--76

3-point field goals--Missouri S&T 6-13 (Raley 4-5, Durk 2-3, Brown 0-1, Kabetske 0-2, Rodriguez 0-2), QU 4-20 (Lantz 1-2, Prince 1-2, Petrovic 1-4, Merino 1-8, Gobald 0-1, Rivera 0-1, Adeyinka 0-2). Rebounds--Missouri S&T 47 (Kerr 11), QU 35 (Low 10). Assists--Missouri S&T 15 (Durk 6), QU 9 (four with 2). Steals--Missouri S&T 6 (Kabetske 2, Durk 2), QU 7 (Petrovic 2). Blocked shots--Missouri S&T 3 (Baylor 3), QU 5 (Low 2). Turnovers--Missouri S&T 18, QU 13. Fouls--Missouri S&T 30, QU 28. Fouled out--Baylor, Kerr, Merino.