By Ian Jackson
The Roosevelt women’s basketball team fell to the 16th ranked Cardinal Stritch University Wolves 45-73. Paige Gallimore led the Lakers with 11 points. Emily Duckhorn added three three-pointers, while Taylor Sterkowitz tallied eight points. “I think we need to work on not giving up so fast and also if the shots that we normally take don’t work then we need to find other ways of scoring,” Sophomore Guard Becca Bergman said. Roosevelt was outrebounded by 26, with the Wolves thriving on the offensive glass with 26 boards on that end to get many more chances, and the Lakers saw Stritch score 32 points in the point. “Stritch just came out hard knocking down shots and playing really good defense. Honestly for me I just try to go hard every play. Things won’t always go your way and you just have to shake it off and keep playing,” Bergman said.
Stritch constructed a seven-point lead after one quarter before taking a huge lead with a 21-10 lead in the second quarter. “Communicating is something as a team we need to work on,” Sophomore Forward/Center Chelsey Crippen said. The guests shot 60 percent during that span, and they did not let up as in the third quarter they increased the margin with another 11-point outburst to create even more distance.
“I think just the lack of scoring and sticking to the gameplan is what cost us the game and helped Cardinal Stritch to come out hot in the beginning of the game,” Crippen said.
“Too often we make excuses and put blame on referees when they are not the ones playing the game. We try as best as we can to focus on what we can do to be better and not rely on outside factors,” Coach Keisha Newell said. Just a few more games left in the regular season before the big conference tournament, the Lakers look to end the regular season on a high note before heading into the tournament. “We got to keep pushing. We got a big road win on the 4th and we are right back at it on the 8th against Robert Morris. This is the biggest game of our season. It will be a key game in our pursuit of the conference tournament,” Newell said.