Women’s Basketball Struggle in League Play

JP Letourneau

After losing three straight games following a victory against Boston University, the Raiders proceeded to lose two more against Lafayette and Bucknell. In a high scoring game against Lafayette, Colgate lost 90-75 but four Raiders were in double figures.

In their most recent game against Bucknell, the Raiders fell 64-54. However, there was one bright spot in the game: junior guard Missy Repoli scored 19 points, breaking her career high. Repoli shot 5-for-8 from behind the arc, also a career high.

Lafayette led only 37-35 at the end of the first half. Colgate had managed to keep the game close via a solid defense and efficient shooting. With 16:26 remaining in the game, the Raiders were able to take a 46-43 lead on the back of Mariah Jones. Jones scored five consecutive points on a layup and a subsequent three pointer.

This would be Colgate’s last lead of the game. After making a run in the middle of the second half, Lafayette went up 55-50 and never looked back.

Overall, the Raiders played very well this game. They shot 43 percent from the field, making 29 of 68 shots, while shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc. Lafayette’s offensive firepower was just too much for the Raiders to compete with in the second half.

After a back and forth first half against Bucknell, Colgate was down 28-21 heading into halftime. In the first half the Raiders struggled to finish around the rim, completing just 20.4 percent of their shots.

At the onset of the second half Colgate still struggled from the field. Bucknell took advantage and made several runs early in the half. At one point the Raiders were down 44-29. Once this happened, Colgate began to make a comeback on the strength of Missy Repoli’s superb three point shooting. She was 3-for-3 in the second half and was able to bring Colgate within nine points.

Despite losing the game Colgate played very well defensively, but failed to rebound effectively in the second half.

 “We were competing so hard. We forced them into 20 turnovers and kept ours under 15, and we had 16 assists on 18 baskets. That’s pretty good. This was a game where if we shot maybe 30 percent, it might have been a one-possession game at the end. If we keep having the effort, it will be there,” Coach Nikki Hays Fort said about the game.

The loss against Bucknell marked the fifth game straight in which Colgate failed to find a victory. Since winning three games in a row in the middle of December, Colgate has managed just one win. If this trend continues, the Raiders will remain at the bottom of the Patriot League standings. Hopefully the team can turn it around in their next game against American University, Saturday at 4 p.m.

at home.