By: AUSTIN PARKS
IU South Bend traveled all the way to Davenport, Iowa this past Saturday to take on the Saint Ambrose University Fighting Bees. After a hot start to the season, the Titans have been ice cold starting off the new year losing every game in the month of January. With that aside, the Titans went into the game trying to change the momentum of their season.
In the first quarter, the Titans would get off to a slow start as the Bees went on a 8-1 run. They found themselves down quickly after a poor shooting quarter, going 4-11, while the Fighting Bees shot 9 for 18. The Titans also were getting outrebounded 14-4. This led to a large deficit at the end of the first quarter, 26-13.
The Titans responded well battling back in the second, as a steal by Taitlyn Trenshaw allowed Jess Alexander to convert for the layup to put the Titans within three. The team’s shooting average improved, going 9-18 while limiting the Bees to 3-16 from the field. The Titans gave themselves a lot of momentum going into halftime after a 11-2 run to close out a good second quarter, as they outscore the Bees 19-9.
The Titans would be down 35-32 at halftime. In the third, the tide started to swing back in the Bees favor. The Titans would again get outrebounded 13-8 in the third. The Titans poor shooting from three did not help either, going just 2-10. Even with Taylor Wesley converting two at the line to put the team within six, the Bees took control after an 8-2 run. This would put the Titans down 57-46 going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was back and forth, but ultimately the Bees held a consistent lead the rest of the way. The Titans would end up losing 82-72 for their fifth straight loss. Rebounds would play the biggest factor of the game as the Titans got outrebounded 53-30.
Kyleigh Kubick would end the night with a team-high 13 points, with Paige Avery behind her with 12 points and four steals. Jess Alexander had an impressive 10 of the teams 30 total rebounds.