DECATUR -- A slow first quarter for the Millikin women's basketball team put them in a hole they couldn't get out of as they lost 74-51 against Carthage College at home in the Griswold Center. 

Carthage led 18-6 after the first quarter and 34-22 at halftime. Millikin struggled to find its shot hitting only 29 percent from the field.

"I was very disappointed in our mental toughness and physical toughness in the first quarter," Millikin coach Lori Kerans said. "We did not come out of the gate as I had hoped or as I had thought we were prepared to do." 

In the rough first quarter, Millikin (5-12, 0-8 CCIW) shot just 2 of 16 (12 percent). 

"At halftime, I really let them know how disappointed I was," Kerans said. "I thought we had a completely different showing in the third and fourth quarters in terms of intensity and communication on the court and from the bench to the court." 

Overall, Carthage (12-5, 5-3) hit 40 percent of its shots. Millikin won the rebounding battle 41-37.

Lauren Moses led Millikin with 12 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Hildebrand had 11 points and six rebounds. Yanni Saddler had 10 points and a team-high eight boards.

Carthage got 15 points from Sammie Woodward followed by Madie Kaelber and Bailey Gilbert each with 13.

"Carthage did an outstanding job. They shared the pall exceptionally well and they definitely outplayed us today," Kerans said. 

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