CCCB junior Autumn Gunter drives to the basket against Union College on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019.
Womens Basketball

Saints drop pair of games in weekend classic at MacMurray

Jacksonville, Ill.

Playing for the third straight day, the Central Christian College of the Bible women's basketball team couldn't get the offense going in a 69-47 loss to MacMurray College on Saturday in the Sleep Inn Classic.

The Highlanders (1-0) took a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Saints (2-3) managed to go on an 8-2 run to take an 18-16 advantage midway through the second frame. However, MacMurray answered the surge and went into the locker room up, 32-24.

Central Christian narrowed the deficit to five points early in the third quarter, but another momentum swing gave the hosts a commanding 50-31 advantage heading into the final period.

Just two days after sinking an eye-opening 20 3-pointers in a win at home over Union College (Neb.), the Saints finished 1-for-16 from behind the arc against MacMurray, a member of the NCAA Division III.

Ta'Lor Branch led the way with 17 points. Kasandra Lazcano scored nine points and Lauren Mills grabbed 10 rebounds.

Savanah Moore scored 17 points off the bench to lead MacMurray.

A day earlier, Central Christian lost to Monmouth College (Ill.), 92-43, in the first game of the Sleep Inn Classic. The Scots, also an NCAA DIII member, controlled things from start to finish, holding leads of 22-12 after one quarter, 43-24 at the half, and 70-38 at the end of the third quarter.

Vanessa Oyola led the Saints with 10 points. Branch added nine points and eight rebounds.

The Saints return to action at home on Tuesday when they face Hannibal-LaGrange University at 6 p.m.