It was a familiar routine for Kentucky State's women's basketball team Saturday night - fall behind in the first half, play catch-up in the second half.
The Thorobrettes only lost the second half by three points, but combined with a 13-point deficit at halftime it added up to a 91-75 loss to Paine College at the Exum Center.
"We've got to stop playing catch-up," KSU coach Carol Clark said. "We lost the first half, play catch-up the second half. They only scored three more points in the second half, but the first half killed us. When we come out and play from the start we'll be all right."
K-State trailed 38-25 at halftime and fell behind by 19 points early in the second half. A three-pointer by Kenya Jones made the score 48-32, and KSU scored the next two baskets on a rebound by Shanelle Walker and a layup by Jones to cut Paine's lead to 12 points.
That was as close as the Thorobrettes would get.
"The whole thing was our defense," Clark sdaid. "Our defense was horrible. They ran their transition, ran the floor, and we watched them.
"The last couple of games we've really picked it up, and our defense was pretty good," she added. "What was hurting us was rebounding and free throws in our other losses this week."
For more on this story, see Sunday's State Journal.