Cavs say farewell to season

By Mary Adam
February 27, 2003

Angelina Wagner

The women’s basketball team ended their season in the first round of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs to Neumann College by a score of 83-58 on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Cabrini came out of the tip off with a burst of energy scoring the first couple points of the game. Neumann quickly took over bringing a lot of pressure and a lot more points. The Knights came out with a full court press. A press that the Cavaliers could not break. This press caused Cabrini 15 turnovers in the first half resulting in 15 points for the Knights.

Cabrini retaliated with a full court pressure of their own, but Neumann broke it. Freshman, Jen Skursky, said, “We definitely came out strong and we just fell really hard. We really weren’t protecting the ball very well.”

With 33 shot attempts and 9 field goals, Cabrini allowed Neumann to take over the scoreboard with a halftime score of 47-21.

The Knights stayed hot scoring eight straight points, giving Neumann what would be their largest lead of the game.

The Cavaliers quickly revitalized, however, forcing the Knights into 15 turnovers in the second half, 10 of them being steals. They began to break the press much more effectively. Freshman guard, Erin Shemar, said, “We found the open spots we needed, everyone started going to the ball and seeing the floor more, and we were able to hit the open person.”

The deficit was too large to overcome, ending the women’s season and moving Neumann along to the next round of the playoffs. “We were definitely nervous. We put our hands in and everyone was shaking,” Shemar said. “We came out thinking about a win because we beat them twice already and I think we ended up getting too nervous and they intimidated us.”

The Cavaliers shot 86.7 percent from the free throw line, but they were also out rebounded 61-36, resulting in 25-second effort points by the Knights. “We just didn’t box out,” Shemar said.

Senior, Colleen Dorrian lead the Cavaliers with 18 points and 3 blocked shots, along with Skursky’s 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals and freshman, Lauren Budweg, had 10 points and 7 rebounds.

The team will be graduating two seniors this year, Dorrian and Lisa Kqira. With the injured guard Taryn Repici returning next season, the majority of the team will remain, with nine of them being freshmen.

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