Women’s Basketball sees home wins after loss on road



Junior guard Mikaela Morgan tries to block a shot from a player on the opposing team.

WILLIAM RIEPE, Sports Writer

The Panther women’s basketball team has found its form again after losing twice on the road, with two great wins at home.

The first game was against Evansville, which saw the Panthers dominate 65-41 and a second half which narrowly saw the Panthers take home the win with a flawlessly played second half of basketball.

In the first game against the Evansville Aces, the Panther women showed their offensive superiority early, outscoring their opponents (8-15) (9-15) and (9-15) in the first three quarters. However, the Panthers slipped on defense in the fourth quarter, letting up 15 points to the aces.

The Panthers struggled to hit their shots, going 25 percent from three and 33 percent from the field. They were bailed out by their strong free throw shooting, going 9-14 from the line, and a lock down defense, which saw the Panthers force 10 steals.

This lack of shooting consistency is unlike the Panther women, who have enjoyed great success from the field and from three, respectfully.

The second game took place against Indiana State, which saw the Panthers hold the lead for most of the game, and narrowly defeat the 3-13 Indiana Sycamores, 53-59.

The Sycamores showed promise early, going point for point with the Panthers for the first quarters of the game. However, strong defense and a consistent offense saw the Panthers outscore the Sycamores through he final stretch of the game.

The Panthers finished strong in the second half despite what the stats would say, going 1-8 from three and only 7-24 from the field, leaving a lot to be desired by the Panther women.

However, the score board is what matters. Kennedy Fitzpatrick put up 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Shooting 6-8 from the free throw line and 2-5 from three, it was a solid performance from the Junior (RS).

The Panther women are back on track after a couple of tough road loses, but the wins are starting to flow again. If the Panthers can recapture their shooting form, there is no reason they cannot continue this streak. The next game will see the Panthers travel to Des Moines to take on conference rival Drake. This game will be tough, as the Bulldogs are currently standing at 11-7 and 6-0 in conference play. This will be a challenge for the Panthers.

This game will be played on Jan. 19. Tip off will be at 7 p.m.