Lake Land women could not overcome poor first-half shooting and a double-digit deficit in the second half in losing its first game of the season, 80-75 to 16th-ranked Wabash Valley on Wednesday night.
The 18th-ranked Lakers fell to 9-1 overall.
Meanwhile, a 15-6 run put the Lake Land men in a 16-point deficit that it could not overcome, leading to a 95-79 loss to Wabash Valley later Wednesday, a sixth defeat in a row that dropped the Lakers to 3-9 overall, 0-5 in region 24 play.
The Warriors expanded the lead to as high as 16 twice, 57-41 and 59-43, the last time at 14:12 on a Marcus Garrett 3-pointer. The Lakers would start to chip away at this lead, reducing it to eight with 5:49 remaining on a Maurice Welfare-Harris steal and layup.
The Lakers had a chance after a stop to cut the lead to five but an open 3-pointer by Jevon Morris fell off the rim.
“We still seem to be struggling with one run and one area getting us every game,” said men’s coach Brandon Colvin. “Tonight, it was the start of the second half and our defense. We did not do a good job on their ball screens and our help-side was non-existent. If we do not start converting on the defensive end it will not matter how many points we score.”
Freshman Clint Weber had a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds, eight on offensive. He made 10 of 16 shots from the field. Morris scored 12 on 4-18 shooting, while Adam Price scored 10 and recorded two steals.
Lake Land’s women nearly erased a 12-point deficit with only 1:10 left in the game by applying defensive pressure that made it 74-70 in a matter of 25 seconds. But that would be as close as the Lakers would get.
The Lakers were led by Arie Sims with 23 points on 9-17 shooting and 4-7 on 3-pointers. Sims also grabbed six rebounds. Carsyn Fearday added 17 points, five rebounds, and four assists.
Lake Land women will travel to Harrisburg to face Division I foe, Southeastern Illinois College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The men travel to Harrisburg to face the other winless team in the region, Southeastern Illinois College at 3 p.m. on Saturday before taking off for Christmas break.
Women’s Box Score
Men’s Box Score