Sports Staff Writer
After starting the season with two consecutive wins against Franciscan University and Westminster College in the Nan Nichols Classic, the women’s basketball team stumbled with a loss against Bluffton University to fall to 2-1 going into this past Thursday’s game against Allegheny College.
The Scots lost to the Allegheny Gators 64-50 on Nov. 28, but bounced back to beat the Hiram Terriers 61-54 this past Saturday to move to 3-2 on the season (1-1 in NCAC).
The game against Allegheny was back-and-forth for the majority of the first half, with the Gators carrying a slim 29-23 margin into the break. Allegheny came out firing early in the second half, going on an 11-4 run in the first six minutes to take a more substantial 13-point lead.
The Scots rallied to draw the game within six points with nine minutes to play, but Allegheny guard Makenzie Zidek hit a three pointer on the next possession to stop the run. The Gators kept the lead in double digits for most of the remainder of the game.
Allegheny displayed a particular knack for getting to the free throw line in the game, going 23-30 from the charity stripe while Wooster shot only six free throws, making five of them.
With the sting of the Allegheny loss still fresh in their minds, the Scots stepped onto the court against Hiram this past Saturday ready to play. The Scots used a strong 13-point, seven-rebound first half performance from center Jessica Wingen ’13 to take a commanding 32-18 lead at the halftime buzzer.
The second half also started well for Wooster, with Karley Walker ’14 sinking a three pointer just six seconds into the period to push the lead to 17. The Scots maintained a double digit lead for most of the game, but a 10-4 run by the Terriers narrowed the advantage to seven with 3:15 remaining.
Hiram’s efforts came up short, however, as they would get no closer than seven in the final three minutes and Wooster held on to win the game 61-54.
Notable performances from the Fighting Scots came from guard Karley Walker ’14, who put up 17 points, four rebounds and five assists while shooting 64 percent from the floor.
Guard Katelyn Dymek ’16 had a great game off the bench, nearly securing a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds in her best offensive performance of the season.