ROCK ISLAND — The Millikin women's basketball team lost at Augustana College 86-68 on Saturday.
The Vikings led 26-12 after the first quarter and took a 41-27 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Millikin (5-9, 0-5 CCIW) shot 44 percent from the field while the Vikings connected on 53 percent.
"We didn't have a really good start to the game," Millikin women's coach Lori Kerans said. "Minus the first quarter, I felt like we warmed up and competed the rest of the way. In the first quarter, it was a disappointing way to start an important conference game. Statistically, we rebounded pretty well against a tough Augustana team. We were minus-one on the boards. We shot the ball pretty well. Typically, 44 percent from the field keeps us in the ball game."
Senior Emily Schultz led Millikin with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Freshman Jordan Hildebrand had 14 points and five rebounds. Yanni Saddler added 10 points. Lauren Moses had seven rebounds and eight points.
The Vikings edged Millikin in rebounding 34-33. Millikin committed 31 turnovers while forcing Augustana into 23.
"We really just looked out of sorts," Kerans said of the turnovers. "We had nine turnovers in the first quarter. Typically, I like to try to keep it at 15 a game, so we used up a whole bunch of those just in the first quarter. That's on me. I need to figure out a better way to get them started. We gave up too many easy buckets."
Augustana (9-4, 2-2 CCIW) got 15 points from Alexis Jones followed by Victoria Allen and Scooter Lopez with 12 each.
"Like I said, typically, we are good enough defensively that shooting 44 percent will keep us in the game, but combine that with the turnovers, we gave them way too many opportunities at the basket," Kerans added.