By Ian Jackson
The Roosevelt women’s basketball team fell to their rival team Robert Morris 61-67. Paige Gallimore’s 10th double-double of the season was not enough to overcome a tough shooting night and a third quarter run by the Robert Morris team.
Gallimore led the Lakers with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Becca Bergman added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Lindzy Cox turned in eight rebounds and four assists.
During the game, which took place on On Feb. 8, tension rose as two competitive rivals stepped onto center court to square off against one another. The collision of bodies as they fought for rebounds and for possession of the ball. And the roar of the crowd as the clock ticks away.
“The game plan was to focus on their interior play, be physical, and control the boards. I think we allowed them to get too many points in the paint. We did not control the glass and allowed Victoria Harris and Jannah Mahmoud to get too many easy looks,” Coach Keisha Newell said.
Mahmoud led the Robert Morris Eagles with a game-high 25 points, while Victoria Harris scored 15 points and a game-high 20 rebounds.
“The one thing we struggled with the most with was scoring, our next games are big games so just following the game plan is the goal to win,” said sophomore Forward/Center Chelsey Crippen.
The Lakers struggled from the field with 25 percent shooting, and their shooting got worse in the second half to ruin their chances to win in a close game.
“One thing that we struggled with throughout the game was rebounds, what we can learn for this game is we have to out all four quarters on offense and defense together to win a game,” said Freshman Guard Shaniah Bishop. Roosevelt had led for much of the third quarter before Robert Morris closed the quarter outscoring the Lakers 10-4, turning a one-point deficit to a five-point lead.
The Lakers got within four of the Eagles after Jessica Moriarty canned a three-pointer with 2:45 on the clock, but that was as close as the Lakers could get.
The team is on its last legs of the regular season, and coach Newell had this to say about the things they needed to work on heading into the final stretch.
“We are going to work on our defense and execution. We are excited to end the season strongly,” Newell said.