Statesmen Succumb to Peru State in Heart Opener

Oskaloosa–The William Penn women’s basketball team came up short in its Heart of America Athletic Conference opener, falling to Peru State 72-63 Friday.

WPU (0-8, 0-1 Heart), which was outshot 49.0%-35.8%, hit eight three-pointers, but could not overcome an 18-7 deficit in free throws.

The hosts never led in a matchup that saw the Statesmen get whistled for 17 more fouls (26-9) than the Bobcats (6-4, 1-0 Heart). After trailing by 10 in the first quarter, WPU closed to four in the second stanza and was down just 32-26 at halftime.

William Penn then got within three in the third period on an Amanee Clark (So., Waterloo, Iowa, Human Services) three-pointer, but Peru State once again opened up a large advantage, eventually going up 62-47 with 4:49 remaining in regulation.

The navy and gold refused to quit, though, scoring 12 of the next 14 points to pose a threat down the stretch. Unfortunately, the visitors held off the Statesmen charge with strong free-throw shooting.

Clark was strong from behind the arc at 4-for-8 en route to a team-high 18 points. Alexis True (Jr., Frankfort, Ky., Exercise Science) was next for the home squad with 14 points; the junior also paced her crew with six rebounds and five steals. A big part of WPU’s late rally was a hounding defense that forced numerous turnovers.

For the game, the Statesmen caused 19 PSC mistakes (13 steals for William Penn), while committing just 11 themselves. Despite the edge in turnovers, the team came up on the short end of points off errors at 12-8.

Ally Stewart (Jr., Victoria, Australia, Physical Education) hit a trio of trifectas as well as part of an 11-point evening. Zantasia White (Jr., Lubbock, Texas, Secondary Education) contributed seven points, while Journie Augmon (Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., Human Services) managed five points off the bench.

While the Statesmen were outrebounded 42-31, they actually came up with an 11-10 edge on the offensive glass which resulted in a 17-10 mark in second-chance points.

Next Up: William Penn travels to Quincy, Ill. next Tuesday to meet NCAA Division II Quincy in non-conference play at 6 p.m.

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