Women’s Basketball Looks to End Season on a High Note

By Adnan Basic
Reporter

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Ashley Smoldt in action against Cardinal Stritch University. Photo courtesy of Roosevelt University Athletics

The Roosevelt Women’s Basketball team has had a rollercoaster ride of a season, but are hoping to end on a positive note.

The Lakers opened the season with plenty of ups and downs, going 4-4 in their opening month of competition. It was a promising start to the year, as Roosevelt’s only losses came against ranked opposition. The team begun to gel as the games kept coming, and even went on a six game win streak during the month of December. The highlight of this run came when the Lakers were able to defeat 22nd ranked Cardinal Stritch University at the Goodman Center.

Roosevelt hit a bump in the road during the CCAC vs. Crossroads Classic, losing both of their games in the event. The team was able to bounce back yet again, reeling off four straight victories during the middle part of the season. However, this would prove to be the team’s peak, as things only went down from that point onward. The late season fatigue that hits most teams hit Roosevelt especially hard, as the Lakers went on to lose their next nine games of the season.

Now, the team prepares for its final contest of the season, as they host Trinity Christian College to close out the year.

The season could have been a lot better, however. Roosevelt has found itself in many close games down the stretch, but have been unable to finish the job on these occasions. The team has gone through several excruciatingly tough losses. They lost by one point to Judson University, two points to Robert Morris University and lost in overtime against 14th ranked Olivet Nazarene University.

Head coach Keisha Newell understands the effects these types of games have been on her team.

“I think that we played a lot of close games this season both at home and on the road,” Newell said. “We are a young team that is still figuring out how to have four strong quarters and finish games.”

Although being a young team might hurt the Lakers this season, it should lead to many benefits in future years. Roosevelt has only one senior on the team, meaning that most of the team will be back next season. These close games will serve as lesson for the future, which will only help the program improve as the years go on.

“I think we have a good core and I’m excited about what the future holds. We are still working to change the culture and I can see improvement yearly,” Newel said. With an added year of playing together, coupled with the experience gained throughout the year and next season looks very promising for Roosevelt.

However, the season still is not over just yet, and Coach Newell wants to see a high level of fight and intensity to end the year on a positive.

“I just want all out effort and heart. I want to send our seniors out the right way,” Newell said.



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