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Kathleen Fountain

Women’s Basketball – Eastern Mennonite University Saturday January 26, 2013

Guilford College Tuesday January 29, 2013

The women’s basketball team put in tremendous effort in their games this past week, but in both cases came up short of a win. Saturday’s game against Eastern Mennonite University started off with consecutive baskets made by the Royals, answered seven minutes in by Laurel Hankins, ’14, for two points. Roanoke continued to trail EMU throughout the first half, eventually tapering the Royals down to a ten-point lead with three minutes left before the half. The score was 12-24 followed by an offensive foul on Roanoke. The Royals made a responding basket with 2 seconds left on the shot clock. Junior Paxton Gwin came away from the game with most points scored, including a three pointer right at the half. This brought the score to 19-30 Royals going into halftime.

The second half began with Roanoke possession and the Maroons managed to whittle the score to a seven-point lead by the Royals. After the fifth team foul, Roanoke called a time out. Senior Rachel Dellehunt dropped in a layup the full length of the court for two points narrowing the score to 35-43 with thirteen minutes left in the game. The Royals lengthened the lead to 70-44 with 2:30 left in the game, the final score ending at 74-46 Royals.

Sophomore Kelsey Smith came away from the game with 7 points in total, as did Laurel Hankins.

Katie Deacon, ’15, said after the game, “It is hard to lose when you know that we played are hardest, but sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in the basket. Facing EMU was a big game, but we have an opportunity to beat some of the top teams with our last few games. Anyone can win on any given night”.

Smith, ’15, followed up by said that in preparing for upcoming games the team is constantly looking for ways to improve, but has progressed significantly in skill since the start of the season.

“While keeping our eye on our coming opponent, we’re constantly tweaking our own game as we get further and further into the season. Overall, I think we’ve come incredibly far since the beginning of the season. Obviously, there are going to be rough patches and setbacks”.

Overcoming the obstacles is what has made the team stronger.

“We’re prepared to play hard and just play our game.” Hankins, ’14, said before the Maroons game against Guilford, “We’ve played a tough non-conference schedule to prepare us for our conference schedule”.

The challenge Tuesday was playing to Guilford’s inside game.

“In order to prepare for Guilford… we have been practicing our post defense and doubling the low post because we know that Guilford has a great inside game.” Gwin, ’14, said. She led off the scoring early in the game with a two point shot. Kelsey Smith, ’15, then made a three-pointer for Roanoke giving the Maroons an early 10-6 lead five minutes into the first half. Tatum McKee, ’15, stole from Guilford possession and put up two points straight down the court.

Guilford gained the lead at the end of the first half and fouled Paxton Gwin with .2 seconds before the second. Gwin made both free throws bringing the score to 29-36 at the buzzer. She ended the night with a total of 19 points, leading Roanoke in scoring baskets. The Maroons were aggressive with the ball, McKee, ’15, stealing from Guilford three more times in the game, but ended seven points shy of a win. The game ended with a final of 61-68.

The team’s next game is away in Ashland on February 2nd to face Randolph-Macon at 2 pm.

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