Lady Cavs defeat Griffins in overtime

By Holly Prendergast
February 8, 2011

The Cabrini College women’s basketball team overpowered the Gwynedd-Mercy Griffins 66 to 62, in over time, on Monday, Feb. 7 at Gwynedd-Mercy College.  This win bumped the Lady Cavs record up to seven and 14 overall and seven and five in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC).

After coming off from a big win against Immaculata University on Thursday, Feb. 3, the Lady Cavs came out with confidence to knock off the Griffins in the rivalry game.

“We tried to build off of the big win against Immaculata,” assistant coach Rob Drysdale said.  “That win gave the girls confidence to come out strong tonight and we just did what we had to do.”

After trailing the Griffins by six points going into the second half, the Lady Cavs came out with a momentum to play better and scored 34 of their 66 points in the last half of play.

“We just knew we weren’t hitting shots that we should have,” Laura Caron, junior guard, said.  “We needed to come back strong in the second half and just do what we needed to do to win.”

In the game for the Lady Cavs freshman Brittany Sandone led the way, scoring a team-high 18 points and sophomore Melissa Kudzmas chipped in with 12 points and three rebounds.

“It felt really great to beat them [Gwynedd-Mercy] because they are a really good team.” Kudzmas said.  “After beating them and Immaculata, we now know that we can beat any team in the league.”

While the Lady Cavs did defeat the Griffins, the team was missing one important person on their team for the game.  Senior Julie Bonomo was unable to attend the game due to being sick.

“We said ‘do it for Julie,’” Caron said.  “Not having her here was hard because she is the one who motivates us the most and gets us going for a game and as a senior, this was a big game for her.  We just really wanted to win it for her, and we did.”

Coming off of this win, the Lady Cavs are remaining optimistic for the remainder of the season and they are planning to hopefully make the playoffs and do the best they can to bring the CSAC title home for the sixth time in program history.

“We’ve got to win every game we have left to get us into the playoffs,” Drysdale said.  “It’s tough, but we are fighting for the last spot.  These last two wins have really given the girls a new confidence and if we make it into the playoffs, who knows what will happen.”

Holly Prendergast

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