By Ian Jackson
As anticipation and nerves rose as the first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game, the Roosevelt Lakers clinched their first conference victory against the 18th ranked St. Ambrose Bees 59-50.
The dynamic duo of Paige Gallimore and Becca Bergman accounted for 41 points and 18 rebounds, leading the team past the bees in the CCAC opener November 16th. According to RooseveltLakers.com, despite the Bees’ 55-41 rebounding advantage, including a 22-9 margin on the offensive glass, Roosevelt held St. Ambrose to just 29 percent shooting for the game, including a 1-for-22 showing from the three.
Shaniah Bishop rallied the troops on defense in the fourth quarter and the Lakers’ defense tightened in crunch time, as Roosevelt allowed the Bees to shoot just 24 percent in the fourth quarter and made the guests go 0-for-7 from three-point range in the game’s final 10 minutes.
Roosevelt head coach Keisha Newell says what she worked on specifically heading into the game against the Bees. “We worked heavily on our defense. We knew how good of a team we were up against. We also knew that if we wanted to put ourselves in a position win, we must stick to our defensive principles” Newell said.
It was an intense battle from start to finish and it definitely showed in the second half there were a decent amount of calls that were questionable that were not in the Lakers favor. Coach Newell expresses on what she told her team so they can keep their cool.
“I told them to let me focus on the refs. I also let them know that in order to win the game we would need to do it one possession at a time. We strung together some key defensive stops late in the fourth quarter that helped us seal it,” Newell said.
Becca Bergman, a 19-year-old Hospitality and Tourism Management sophomore student plays point guard for the Lakers was on fire in that game ending up with a career high 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists and 11-12 from the free throw line. She said what her game plan was heading into the game.
“I told myself I was going to be a little more selfish and take the ball in more and shoot more shots than I normally do. I obviously wasn’t going to take dumb shots but I focused more on being a big scorer for the team,” Bergman said.
Shaniah Bishop, the 18-year-old Bio and Pre Physical Therapy freshman student plays point guard for the Lakers sparked the team with her defensive tenacity and she said what else she and her team talked about during halftime to pull ahead and secure the win.
“We wanted to make sure that we understood that there were still two quarters to play. We knew we needed to keep up the intensity and put all four quarters together in order to win,” Bishop said.