OMAHA, Neb. – A slow start proved costly Saturday for the Waldorf women, who rallied only to come up short on the road in a 63-59 loss at Grace University.
Early foul trouble knocked the Warriors of out synch and they fell behind 31-23 at the break, but continued to fight.
"Today's game was a perfect example of what a team looks like when there is no continuity on the floor," Waldorf head coach Katie Schutjer said. "Ameh (Ogbemudia) got in foul trouble in the first two minutes of the game, which kept her out the rest of the half, and that shook our offense from the get go.
"We didn't share the ball well, and we didn't shoot well, especially from the 3."
The offense began to click in the second half, but the Warriors (1-1 overall) couldn't complete the comeback as the host Royals continued to play well, which proved to be just enough for the win.
"In the second half we were able to put together some good runs, but weren't able to shake Grace from what they were doing well" Schutjer said. "Nichole (Oberthien) and Peyton (Russell) both hit some big shots when we needed them.
"We definitely did not play the Warrior basketball I know we are capable of playing," Waldorf's coach added.
Taylor Fricke led the Warriors with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Michaela Graffunder scored 12 points, and Russell added 11 points for Waldorf.