Going into last week’s matchup with Lincoln, junior guard Sammy Pollard reasoned that the team struggled when the three-point shooting slumped. On Friday night in Battle of the Birds at Kezar, that reasoning seemed prophetic, as it was a slew of missed threes that ultimately sunk the Cardinals in a 60-42 loss to Washington.
In its second Academic Athletic Association loss of the campaign, the team went 2-11 from beyond the arc, with both of the night’s deep baskets coming from senior guard Jason Ho.
Despite the perimeter trouble, the Cardinals shot 18-43 from the floor: about double the field goal percentage of last week’s loss to Lincoln.
In front of all the fans at Kezar, the team was never able to recover from a slow first quarter, after which they trailed 6-17. The Eagles would go on to increase their lead to 18 at halftime, and the teams went point-for-point for the rest of the game.
Senior guard Jonathan Li logged a team-high 10 points, with junior guard Evan Louie and Senior center Elijah Saunders each adding nine points. Saunders, who has been a rebounding force, came down with a team-high five boards.
Come support the Cardinals at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at home against the International Studies Academy Cobras.