November 29, 2000

Women's Basketball to Battle Colgate at Home

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The women’s basketball team is sitting at .500, with a 2-2 record. This is an important time for the team, as it is building the foundation for the Ivy season. The Red is still figuring out combinations on the floor, and adjusting to the play of five freshmen.

The squad wants to play well now, but its main focus is on the Ivy season. So far, the women have taken home a second and third place finish in the two tournaments it has competed in. Playing in their first regular-season home game, the women’s team is matched up against the Red Raiders of Colgate tonight at 7 p.m. at Newman Arena.

Colgate is coming off a 66-56 lost to Iona in its first road game. Its record is 1-1, after a 66-55 win over Drexel two weeks ago. Versus Iona, freshman Malissa Burke scored 15 points and added five rebounds.

So two .500 teams face each other, one will be a winning team, and the other will have to readjust and try to climb back.

Already the Red knows it has some areas to work on. Rebounding has been weak in the last few games after starting off well. The team grabbed 49 in its first game against Loyola, but since then the team has averaged only 32 rebounds per game.

Foul trouble has also been an issue, especially in the Army game, where the team ran up 31 personal fouls. It followed up with another 26 in the Georgia Tech game. However, in its win over Winthrop in the consolation game of the Army tournament, the Red only fouled 14 times.

A bright spot for the team is its three-point shooting. It went 7-14 from beyond the arch against Tech in the first game of the Atlanta Marriott Northwest Classic. In the previous match-up the squad shot an impressive 41.7%, going 5-12 from far-out.

Another highlight for the Red has been the impressive play of sophomore guard Katie Romey. She totaled 19 points against Winthrop, going 3-3 from the free throw line. Romey added another 15 points in the Tech game, while nailing 3-6 from three-point land.

The strong play of junior guards Breean Walas and Do Stevens shows both players are over their injuries from last season. Both have had several games in the double digits, with both players adding rebounds, steals and assists.

The Red hopes the positive aspects continue and the negative things get worked out. The game against Colgate will be a good chance to prepare for the Cornell Classic this weekend. Colgate went 13-16 last year, and 6-6 in the Patriot League.

Archived article by Cammy Kandiko