Shooting just 31 percent and turning the ball over 31 times, the Haskell Indian Nations University womenÃ¢ÂÂs basketball team lost 69-60 to Park University on Thursday at Coffin Sports Complex.
Of course, mistakes are bound to happen after eight Indians went home for nearly a week during Thanksgiving break, leaving just two team members in Lawrence.
HINU coach Phil Homeratha didnÃ¢ÂÂt blame his players for leaving town because the team was supposed to play in a holiday tournament in Huron, S.D., that was canceled, leaving the Indians in the lurch.
Still, the break didnÃ¢ÂÂt do much good for Haskell.
Ã¢ÂÂWe played very lackadaisical,Ã¢ÂÂ Homeratha said. Ã¢ÂÂThatÃ¢ÂÂs generally not the effort we show when we play.Ã¢ÂÂ
Haskell (3-6) led 11-8 seven minutes into the game, but Park fought back and led 45-32 at halftime.
Although the Indians outrebounded the Pirates 20-11 before the break, Haskell shot just 28.5 percent from the field in the first half and couldnÃ¢ÂÂt stop Tenysha Brown inside. The 6-foot junior scored 11 of her game-high 19 points before halftime.
The Indians closed to within five with just less than eight minutes remaining, but the Pirates went on a 10-0 run to seal their victory.
Marinda Lamon led Haskell with 14 points and six rebounds. She shot 2-of-12 from the field but hit 10 of 14 free throws. Shawnavyn Joe added 12 points for the Indians.
Tonganoxie High graduate Jill Stauch scored eight points and had seven rebounds for Park.
Haskell will play William Woods tonight in Fulton, Mo., in the second of three straight games. The Owls are 8-5.
Ã¢ÂÂWeÃ¢ÂÂre really going to have to hustle to win tomorrow because you know those people worked over break,Ã¢ÂÂ Homeratha said.