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KALAMAZOO (WQLR) – The Western Michigan’s women’s basketball team saw a nine point lead slip away in the second half Sunday, dropping a 68-54 decision to the Albany Great Danes at home.
10 different Broncos scored in the game, led by junior guard Corie Buchanan with 10 points. Sophomore Julia Henson followed close behind, pouring in three shots from long range to record nine points. Western Michigan held a 22-13 lead halfway through the first half, but Albany closed out the opening session with a 14-5 run to tie the game at the break 27-27.
A much bigger Albany squad outrebounded the Broncos 38-29, and dominated points in the paint by a 32-16 margin. The Great Danes outscored the Broncos in the second half 41-27, gaining a double-digit lead in the first six minutes of the second half.
“I knew we were going to struggle rebounding against these guys because they are relentless and come from everywhere,” head coach Shane Clipfell said after the game, “We’ve been outsized every game this year, and we’ve been able to manage the interior part of that. I think if we made a few more buckets when they were pulling away things would have been different.”
Western Michigan shot 24.1 percent in the first half, finishing 30.4 percent from the floor. They improved in the turnover category, committing a season best 14 in the game.
“Every game should be a learning experience,” Clipfell said. “As a team we’re not quite to the point of laying it on the line for others. We’re quick to find fault in others, but as things start to go wrong we have to stop that mentality. That is the challenge for this team right now.”
The loss drops the Broncos to 1-2 on the season. They travel to Flagstaff Arizona later this week to take part in a Thanksgiving Tournament at Northern Arizona.