Women’s Basketball Ends Season in PL Quarterfinals

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Emma Barge

During spring break, the Colgate wom­en’s basketball team suffered its final upset in the Patriot League Quarterfinal game against the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. The score was set after a hard fought battle at 55-36 when the final buzzer sounded, ending the season for the Raider women.

Notable Colgate players included sopho­more Jhazmine Lynch, who led the in scor­ing with 12 points. Lynch also contributed three rebounds and four steals. Senior Kris­ta Moser tallied six points in the tilt and led the team in rebounds with 10 of her own.

The game began with a Mids scoring streak that boosted the score to a 7-0 Navy lead in the first two and a half minutes of the game. Colgate was not able to find the net until the 17:17 mark and had a hard time standing up to the intense offensive momentum that Navy had accumulated in the first minutes of play. The Midship­men extended their lead to 10 points with a 10-5 lead that made the score 17-7 midway through the half. Motivated by the fear of falling behind, Colgate picked up their pace and found a rhythm, netting eight baskets to narrow the deficit to only two points by the time the clock reached the 5:22 mark. With the new competitiveness of the teams’ play, Navy and Colgate traded baskets for the remainder of the half, but the Mids had recaptured their former 10-point lead by the time the buzzer went off.

Colgate came out more motivated and hungry, and certainly more awake, in the second half of play, hitting a three-pointer at the 18:52 mark to reduce the margin to only three points. Unfortunately, Navy had not lost any steam during the half-time break and responded with a four point run after netting one three pointer and an ad­ditional free throw. By the 16:31 mark, the score reached 33-22. The teams continued to fight, trading baskets and possessions for the next few minutes of the tilt. At the 10-minute mark the Mids had held the lead with a score of 43-30. Unfortunately, the lead would stick despite Raider efforts to climb to the top, and the Midshipmen walked away with the win, 55-36.

“We have to give credit to Navy,” head coach Pamela Bass said. “When we stopped their big three-point shooters (My­ers, Geif and Consedine) in the first half, Membreno stepped up. That is a sign of a championship team.”

“We knew going into the game that it was going to come down to rebounds, post play and shot selection,” she continued. We got some good looks but simply could not finish. In addition they beat us in the battle of the boards. We needed to win two of the three but instead we only won points in the paint,” Bass said.

The Raiders finished their season with a 7-22 overall record. Senior Tayler Wejnert, who was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, ends her collegiate career as the team’s leading scorer with an average of 12.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while classmate Moser averaged 7.1 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds per game.