Shortly after his Owls' 52-33 loss to visiting Thomas Johnson last night, Westminster coach Bernie Koontz took a look at his team's shot chart and shook his head.
It told the story.
"Fourteen of 64, what is that?" he asked.
The answer was 22 percent from the field to go along with a four of 13 effort from the free-throw line.
The Owls (9-12, 6-5 in the Central Maryland Conference) played solid defense all night long, hit the boards at both ends of the court and got good looks at the basket, but the ball just wasn't falling.
"If you shoot 22 percent from the floor and 30 percent from the foul line, you can't expect to win," Koontz said. "It's been a problem the past couple of weeks. We just have to find ways to put the ball in the hole."
The Owls' problems started in the second quarter and the Patriots (15-4, 10-1) didn't help matters with some good shooting of their own and an ability to get to the free-throw line.
A 12-10 Patriots lead after the first quarter turned into an overwhelming 30-10 lead until Courtney Beirne hit a free throw to give the Owls their only point of the second quarter with 44 seconds left until halftime.
Sophomore guard Cyndy Dove (19 points) did most of the damage for the Patriots with a three-point play with 4:43 left and a three-pointer on the very next possession to give the Patriots a 25-10 lead.
Westminster got within 11 early in the fourth quarter on consecutive jumpers from junior center Jill Ibex, who missed a good part of the first half with foul trouble. They had a couple of chances to further cut into the lead before the Patriots put the game out of reach with a baseline jumper from senior Janie Marshall and a three-pointer from Dove with six minutes left.