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The women’s basketball team started off their season on the road against Northern Michigan University and Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. They started the weekend off by playing Northern Michigan on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Flyers were unable to clinch the win as the Wildcats pulled away in the fourth quarter to take the game 62-56. The team rebounded the next day to defeat Hillsdale 77-55 for their first win of the season.
In their first matchup of the weekend, Lewis started the game off in the first two quarters only down by two points with a score of 25-27. They started the third quarter well and were only down by three points going into the fourth quarter. They fell behind in the fourth, and Northern Michigan out shot them 20 to 17, making the final score 62-56.
The leading scorer for the Flyers was senior Jessica Kelliher who had 19 points and nine rebounds. She was followed by junior Kaitlyn Williams who contributed 11 points and senior Gabby Green who added nine. The team looked to learn from the small mistakes they made quickly before their game on Sunday against Hillsdale.
The second weekend game started off immediately in favor of the Flyers, both on offense and defense. They held the Chargers to 16 points in the first half. The Flyers put up double that amount and had a 32-16 lead at the half. They had an impressive 19-0 run that helped them gain this massive lead after two quarters of play.
The third quarter was another good showing from the Flyers as they put up 27 points, but Hillsdale also improved their shots, scoring 19 points. In the fourth quarter, the Flyers put up 18 points to the Chargers’ 20 points. Despite their steady increase in scoring, the Chargers were unable to cut their deficit and Lewis secured the win with a score of 77-55.
Even though they had an early loss, the weekend was a good start for the Flyers. Going into their next competition, head coach Samantha Quigley-Smith will likely continue to stress the importance of having a strong team defense as she did at practice the week prior. “We all know how to score on offense, but we will win games down here on defense,” Quigley-Smith said to the women at practice.
The team is hoping to learn from their mistakes and come back stronger after a weekend of play at home. Their next competition will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Hammond, Ind. against Purdue University Northwest.