By Ian Jackson
The visiting Ave Maria University Gyrenes were victorious against the Roosevelt University Lakers 66-46. Ave Maria outscored the Roosevelt women’s basketball team 29-9 in the third quarter to break open a close game after the first half which was 24-21 with the Lakers leading. Paige Gallimore scored a team-high 15 points while Hydeia Thomas grabbed seven rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench for the Lakers.
According to the Roosevelt Laker athletics home page, Ave Maria shot 55 percent from the field during the third quarter, holding the Lakers to just 3-of-13 shooting and six turnovers during that period. Ave Maria scored the first 10 points of the half and connected on four from the three to build a big lead and did not stop putting the final nail in the coffin to the Lakers giving them their first loss.
Coach Newell emphasizes on what was her goal was in the beginning of the game to put pressure on the other team, what was the key factor that gave Ave Maria the edge in the second half and what could the team learn from a game like this.
“Our goal was to stick to our defensive principles, stay in gaps, clog up the paint and not allow them to get into the middle of the lane,” Newell said. “What we need to work on going forward is our perseverance, it’s a long season and we have a young team so just understanding that there will be ups and downs this season it is important to bounce back.”
Becca Bergman, a 19-year-old Hospitality and Tourism Management sophomore student plays point guard for the Lakers explains that the 29 point lead in the third quarter gave Ave Maria momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
“That was a big problem that caused us to get down on ourselves and it was hard to get back from that,” Bergman said. “And also we are a very young team. Most of our freshman play so they do not have that much college experience yet. So later on in the year we will get better as a team.”
Six out of eight games in the month of November are at home with the next few games coming up against St. Ambrose University, Calumet College of St. Joseph at Cardinal Stritch University, Alma College and Trinity International University.
Paige Gallimore, a Junior who plays guard at Roosevelt University said that the team could work on improving in the next upcoming games.
“Running through our offense, taking open shots while we have them rather than passing them up and also just working harder,” Gallimore said.
With that game out of the way the Lakers are trying to improve as they are preparing for the long season that awaits them.