BY COLE McNANNA // Feb. 12, 2017 //
After registering four wins in as many games, the women’s basketball team has now started to reverse the trend and dropped their second game in as many chances yesterday in Milton.
The 57-43 decision in favor of visiting Western New England dropped Curry to 9-14 overall and 7-9 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. If the season were to end today that mark would earn the Colonels a #6 seed in the postseason tournament.
On the other hand, the Golden Bears would be given the third seed in the tournament and helped establish that top-tier ranking with a 38-point victory over Curry just under a month ago.
Western New England was led by double-digit efforts from Paige Young (11) and Emily Anderson (10) while Dorothy O’Neill was a perfect 3-3 from behind the arc for all nine of her points.
The Colonels’ underclassmen backcourt of sophomore Emily Irwin and freshman Sam Bamford led the offensive charge with Irwin going for a game-high 13 points and Bamford scoring nine while also pulling down seven rebounds.
The message from the coaching staff has been continuous improvement and Curry is striving toward that already by testing a team that blew them out in their last meeting. With only two more games, the goal is to capitalize on the time they do have.
Assistant coach Stacy Cotter said, “We need to continue to improve, winning won’t create much shuffling but if we keep improving we’ll play better and we’ll get closer to playing our best basketball towards the end of the season.”
The Colonels’ remaining enemies are the Eastern Nazarene Lions and the Wentworth Leopards who sit a fifth and last respectively in the CCC. Curry fell to the Lions by 10 but beat the Leopards by nearly 30 in their earlier meetings.
If improvement really is in the cards for these Colonels, they could just improve their seeding and run the table in the CCC as anything can happen in the postseason.
Next Saturday will be the home finale for both men’s and women’s programs with the women tipping off at 1 p.m. while the men follow at 3.
Points Race: Last night’s matchup featured the top two scorers in the conference with Emily Anderson holding a 381-369 lead over Emily Irwin through 23 games.
Rematch: In the third to last paragraph just move down “Curry fell to the Lions by 10 but beat the Leopards by nearly 30 in their earlier meetings.”
Freshman Frenzy: Of the 10 Colonels logging minutes yesterday, half of them were freshmen.