Lady Cavs struggle with starting guard injured

By Lauren Gatto and Antonio Mason
February 13, 2003

The women’s basketball team has gone one and two in the their past three games, giving the Lady Cavs the number one ranked seed in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference south division.

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Lady Cavs defeated Neumann College, 64-58, then went on to lose to the College of Misericordia, 73-51 on Feb. 8 and Marywood University, 79-68, on Feb. 10 while on the road.

In a fight over the top position in the PAC South, Neumann and Cabrini battled to the end with Cabrini coming out victorious. Freshman forward, Lauren Budweg said, “It was a total team effort since we lost our leader on the floor, but we picked it up and won.”

Star point guard, Taryn Repici, has been out since the Immaculata game on Feb. 3 when she injured her knee during warm-ups. “Taryn is a really big part of our team so we’re trying to find someone to fill her shoes,” Jennifer Skersky, a freshman forward said.

Without Repici, the Lady Cavs lacked leadership in the Misericordia game, ending the first half down 44-21. Assistant coach Kate Corcoran, disappointed with the performance in the first half, attributed the score to the fact that “the team just didn’t show up.”

With the lull of the first half behind them, the Lady Cavs stepped it up in the second half, but according to Corcoran, were just a little to late. “There were no excuses for that game,” Corcoran said.

In their second consecutive away game, the Lady Cavs fell to Marywood University. The Lady Cavs trailed the Pacers for the majority of the game, but in the second half Pacer guard/forward, Natasha Pashchuk extended the lead going five for five from the three-point line to ensure the victory.

Although the Lady Cavs have clinched a spot in the playoffs, with the loss to Marywood, there is a strong possibility that their first post-season game could be on the road.

“The most important thing for post-season success would probably be for us to continue to work together and push each other both physically and mentally on a more consistent basis and if we do that we should get the outcome we all want,” Skursky said.

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