The Women’s basketball team muscled their way to a victory at home against St. Joe’s, winning 55-49. The ‘Cats improve to 2-0 at home (2-1 overall).
The game started out slow for the Wildcats, with the Hawks clinging onto a narrow 12-11 lead at the end of the first. Caroline Coyer carried the offense for the first quarter, nailing a three pointer and a few scores within the paint. She would go on to lead the scoring effort, finishing with a team-high 14 points, five rebounds, and eight assists. Coyer scored her 1,000th career point, a special milestone.
The second quarter was when things picked up for the ‘Cats. Defensively, the team as a whole began to play lock down defense against a Hawks team that struggled to really get into a rhythm all night. Guard Katherine Coyer and forward Samantha Wilkes. Coyer contributed a steal and a few rebounds, while Wilkes had a block and played tough defense. Center Megan Quinn (who came off the bench earlier) also heated up in the second, nailing a three pointer and a lay-up. The ‘Cats would go on to take the lead 28-22, and never look back.
In the second half, the Wildcats began to take off and push their lead into double figures. The Coyer sisters were physical in the paint and continued to play well on both sides of the court. Megan Quinn added another three-pointer. She also made her presence felt on defense.
The fourth quarter was a showcase of guards Alex Louin and Adrianna Hahn. Both showed off some good talent as defenders: both had a few key rebounds to stall a desperate St. Joe’s attack. Louin also had a few key lay-ups and showed her ability as a mid-range shooter. Hahn also made a few solid jumpers within the paint.
In the end, the victory was a combined team effort. There wasn’t a lone superstar performance that carried the whole team. Six different Wildcats helped contribute to the scoring effort and they were all needed.
The Wildcats finished with a solid 41.1% field goal shooting percentage. Their three point shooting was not as good: the team finished 23.8% beyond the paint, and a disappointing four for nine at the free throw line. Look for this team to improve on those two things in the coming weeks.
The Women’s team will go to Bethlehem, Pa. to play Drexel this Saturday. Tip-off is at 2:00 PM.