The Cottey College Comets found themselves overmatched on January 30 against Haskell Indian Nations University as they lost by the score of 51-73 in Lawrence, Kansas. This was the first of three meetings against this A.I.I. conference opponent.
The Comets got off to a slow start offensively thanks in large part to Haskell’s full court pressure from their speedy lineup, forcing the Comets into 11 turnovers in the first quarter alone. In the second quarter, Cottey began to settle into the game and was able to chip away at the lead, narrowing the gap to six-point deficit late in the half. The Comets entered halftime down by 10 points.
At the beginning of the half the Comets played with increased intensity and quickly cut Haskell’s lead from 10 points to five. Cottey shot a higher percentage from the floor compared to their counterparts and out rebounded Haskell by 23 rebounds on the night. However, Haskell’s full-court pressure continued to cause havoc for the Comets down the stretch as turnovers plagued Cottey as the game ended with a score of 51-73.
“We’re excited to have two more chances to play against Haskell,” said Comets head coach Stephanie Beason. “Their trapping pressure caused problems for us throughout the game, but I have no doubt that we will adjust and be better prepared for them on Tuesday when they come to our place,” she said.
The Comets were led by junior guard Kelsey Acton with 22 points and seven rebounds. Kasey Acton and Katrina Cantu also contributed with nine rebounds each.
The Comets play Haskell Indian Nations on Tuesday, February 5, in Hinkhouse Gymnasium on the Cottey College campus. The game will tip off at 5:30 p.m.