The Olympic College women’s basketball team succumbed to a bigger, faster and more experienced Big Bend as the Runnin’ Vikes beat the Rangers 86-44 Friday.
The preseason Northwest Athletic Conference game at Bremer Student Center won’t make a difference when the regular season hits, but getting behind early and not finishing shots is not a habit Olympic wants to continue.
“We knew they would be shooters,” Olympic coach Dave Hawkins said. “We talked about it at practice. We wanted to make them move their feet before they took their shot but again we’re a half-step slow in everything. They’re setting up shooters in the corners and raining threes down on us, and this is what happens.”
The Vikes quickly shot to a 19-8 lead and were up 27-13 at the end of the first quarter. Olympic had opportunities to score, but couldn’t get the ball to drop in as the shots would either come up short, roll around the rim or pop out only to be gathered by a Big Bend defender.
The Rangers shot 27.5 percent from the field. Big Bend shot 59.6 percent.
Hawkins broke the season down into three parts — and he knew the first third of the season would be about learning during the preseason and having their eyes on North Region play.
“We’ve got to get up to speed, so this doesn’t lead into league,” he said.
Lexi Ioane led the Rangers with 13 points while Brittni Blake chipped in six and four rebounds. Ioane also had five rebounds.