Women's basketball falls short in NCAA Tournament opener

Matt Vogrin, Assistant Sports Editor

The Lewis women’s basketball team saw their season come to an end in the regional tournament. The Flyers took on Grand Valley State University, ultimately losing 72-55. 

Lewis got off to a slow start in the first quarter. The Flyers only managed to make one of their first 10 shots. Despite the slow start, Lewis was able to battle back thanks to an 8-0 run, which cut the deficit to four at the end of the first quarter. 

Grand Valley got a run of their own to start the second quarter, extending their lead to 16 points. The Flyers would again respond by shifting the momentum, this time cutting the deficit under double digits thanks to a few layups from senior forward Jessica Kelliher. 

The Lakers started the second half strong by outscoring the Flyers 16-7. Lewis was able to cut the lead to 15 on a couple of occasions but could not inch any closer than that. The Flyers would find themselves down 18 points heading into the final quarter. 

Lewis looked to make a comeback as they opened the quarter on a quick 10-0 run. 

Kelliher would again be the main scorer during the push. This would be as close as the Flyers got in the final frame. The Lakers went on a 15-3 run which closed out the game. 

The Lakers held the Flyer to 55 points, which is their lowest amount of points scored this season. Lewis only managed to shoot 35 percent from the floor and 29 percent from the foul line. The Flyers outrebounded the Lakers 39 to 36 in the contest. 

Lewis closed their season with a record of 27-5. Despite their loss, the players, especially the decorated seniors, can walk away with heads held high. “Being a college athlete has taught me the importance of a strong work ethic, “said Kelliher, “but most importantly, it taught me to really value the people around me and the time I get to spend with them. Working on a team is such a rewarding experience and carrying that value into my professional life is something that is very important to me.”

Lewis will look to build off of their impressive season in hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament for the eight consecutive year. With six players stepping into senior leadership roles, the Flyers will be more than experienced come next winter.