Lady Cavs fall in season opener

By Elizabeth Krupka
November 19, 2009

Shannon Keough

On Nov. 15 Cabrini’s women’s basketball team lost to Widener University Pride 65-35. The lady Cavs had trouble getting the season started against the non-conference team at Widener’s home court.

Senior guard Alyssa Brady tallied the team best of 10 points. Brady was two for five at the three point line. She also had six rebounds, grabbed three steals and notched two assists.

Deana DiAmico, senior point guard, followed closely behind with nine points. DiAmico also tallied three rebounds, three assists, and two steals during the course of the game.

The lady Cavs also had a strong game from sophomore guard Laura Caron. Caron scored a career-best nine points with two steals and two blocked shots.

The Widener Prides’ offense was led by freshman Kate Dellinger who notched 14 points making the lead 17 points at the start of halftime.

“I think this game showed us that we are going to have to work for everything. Although we got off to a rough start, we can only go up from here. I expect us to do well in our next game.

If we play together as a team, then we will definitely be champions again. I have every confidence that this team can and will be champions again,” Brittany Newcomer, freshman forward, said.

The lady Cavs showed a better second half upping their shooting percentage from 14.8 percent to 31.8 percent.

“Any basketball team knows that some game shots will fall, and others you can’t always be so fortunate,” Brianna Conner, junior guard, said. “I think that it just wasn’t our day and if anything, this loss gave us motivation to work harder, pick each other up when we’re down and work on fixing each thing that needs to be worked on after playing that game. It definitely shouldn’t have been almost a 30 point deficit at the conclusion of the game, and I think that this game taught us that we need to play as a team, not individuals. It was a learning experience for everyone.”

However, the Pride shut them out shooting 52.2 percent from the field in the closing half. The Pride out-shot them from the three point line, as well as making 50 percent of all the shots taken.

“This game set the pace for the season because even though it was a rough start for us, we learned that we can’t change anything that happened, and that we can only move up from here. The mistakes that we made in this game were minor and they can be fixed and that’s a definite positive factor. They were little things that we can work on every day in practice to reach our goals,” Conner said.

Sunday’s game was the first for the new head coach Kate Pearson. Pearson stepped up as head coach after five years of being an assistant. Pearson is hopeful for another winning season despite the rebuilding year.

“It would be great to win the championship again; it’s just going to take some rebuilding and hard work,” Dana Drake, freshman guard, said.

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