Fighting spirit not enough to stop unbeaten QBL champions
IPSWICH Force women's coach Brad George found plenty to build on in his team's 98-83 loss to defending champions Mackay.
Like the men, the Force women conceded too many points in the first quarter before reducing the deficit to six by halftime.
Force were down 72-66 at three-quarter time before Mackay finished stronger.
"I'm pretty happy with that," George said, reflecting on his team's QBL comeback after a poor first quarter.
"They (Mackay) came out and scored 38 in the first quarter. They just shot unbelievable and we did well to fight back and get it back to three points.
"We were in the game until the last couple of minutes.
"That was a good hitout."
Ipswich's top scorer Emma Langford collected 31 points, matching Mackay's best Rachel Allison with the same total.
Force's other power forward Nadeen Payne was third highest scorer with 26.
Force's most mobile player Stacey Howard also had a strong game, well supported in the second half by forward Lauren O'Sullivan and guard Courtney Taylor.
However, Mackay's three-point shooting and some crucial turnovers were the difference.
The visiting team maintained their lead every time the Force women mounted a challenge.
"They have got two Australian players, two Americans," George said. "Everyone in their team just took shots."
Ipswich's second half tactics to slow the competition pacesetters down worked for long periods. But Mackay's quality players rose above any Ipswich threat.
Mackay left Ipswich stadium unbeaten from four games.
Ipswich has two wins and a loss.
The Force women face Northside in Saturday's 5pm match at Booval.