By JORDAN KONIOR, Guest Writer
Shooting and rebounding devastated the Lady Wolves in their season opening 63-43 loss, Saturday afternoon to the Lady Warriors of Rochester College.
The game started off very slow and continued at that pace for most of the first half as the Lady Wolves shot 5-26 from the field, 0-5 from the three point line, and 2-4 from the charity stripe, shooting a team total of 20% from the field for the half, and 50% from the free throw line.
The second half endured to be much of the same for the Lady Wolves as their shooting struggles continued, shooting 8-35 from the field, 2-15 from the three point line and 13-17 from the charity stripe. The Lady Wolves shot a team total of 21% from the field, 10% from the three point line, 71% from the free throw line; scoring 12 points in the first half and 31 in the second half.
When asked about first game jitters, sophomore guard Andrea Collins said, “Yeah, definitely. I feel like if we could have got our shots to fall early in the first half, it would have boosted our confidence and would have forced a totally different ball game without a doubt.”
Shooting wasn’t the only challenge that stood in the way of the Lady Wolves on Saturday. Rebounding also played a significant role in the loss.
In the first half, the Lady Warriors out rebounded the Lady Wolves 26-20, and 13-8 on the offensive glass, giving themselves more chances to score after the initial possession. Junior forward Meagan Heiden took part in most of the damage done on the offensive glass for the Lady Warriors, snagging a total of five of the 13 offensive rebounds in the first half and adding another in the second half.
“We only had one big playing on Saturday which affected us tremendously,” said Collins, referring to sophomore forward Jalissa Williams. The additions of Alicia Cook, Ashley Thomas, Senneca Scott, and Chelsea Davis will add depth and size to the roster later in the season.
Andrea Collins lead the scoring load of the Lady Wolves, reeling in 11 points, snagging six rebounds, and dishing out three assists. Brittany Teets also played well for the Lady Wolves adding six points, four rebounds, and two assists.
The Lady Wolves’ will play their home opener November 14, 2012 at 7:00 PM at the Fieldhouse against the same Lady Warriors of Rochester College, seeking revenge.