The cold first Saturday in February started out hot for the Skylights as Briaunna McCullough scored the first five-points of the game and then Rachel Van Blaricom would split a pair of free-throws to make it 6-0. After that, however, things quickly changed as the Lady Argos would go on a 10-0 run, including eight straight points by Reed Hazard. After a couple of baskets by Brooklyn Harn, what was once an early six-point lead, was now a seven-point deficit. The Lady Argos would end the first quarter on an 11-0 run, making it 23-8, and never looking back. The Skylights would in fact not score again until two-minutes and eight seconds into the second quarter. MSUN tried to fight back in the second quarter, but the lead was too large from the first and even after only being outscored 16-15 in the second, the Skylights went into the half down 39-23.
In the second-half, the Argos lead was too much for the Skylights to come back from and they would end up falling 68-51. Shyann Krass was a lone bright spot of the day, and would put up 11 second-half points, ending the day with 13. Briaunna McCullough also ended the afternoon with 14. The Skylights’ bench outscored the Argos’ bench 22-8, but allowed 23 points off their turnovers and 14 second-chance points.
The Skylights still have a couple games left to figure things out and get some type of momentum going into the tournament, but will have to try to do so against the three-seeded Battlin’ Bears on Thursday and the two-seeded Bulldogs and potential Conference Player of the Year, Brynley Fitzgerald, on Saturday.
Anyone can get hot for a three game stretch, but it’s looking dimmer and dimmer for the Skylights that they will have a chance to ignite that charge at all.
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