Rams topple Scots, ending MC’s historic season
March 1, 2013
Monmouth College women’s hoops entered the Midwest Conference Tournament last weekend as the second seed, riding a record breaking season.
On Friday, Feb. 22, the team faced third-seed St. Norbert, who beat the Scots in the regular season. MC entered the game shorthanded with Kaley Corban out due to injury. Both teams struggled early, but the Scots found a way to get it going and come out with a hard earned victory.
“The key to the game was our defense,” said guard Kim Coleman. “Good defense leads to better offense.”
Four second-half steals propelled a 39-point half for the Scots, including an 8-0 spurt to go up nine with 11 minutes to go. Monmouth’s defense held St. Norbert to 48 points for the game on 31 percent shooting, cruising to victory. With the win the Scots advanced to Saturday’s tournament final.
The Scots entered Saturday’s contest as the underdogs against top-seeded Cornell. The Rams swept Monmouth in the regular season, blazing a 23-1 record, climbing to fourteenth in national polls. Although MC scored on each of their first three possessions, poor shooting would lead to the Scots’ demise.
Despite hitting their shots early, MC shot a meager nine of 33 (27 percent) in the first half. Shooting woes continued after halftime, as Cornell pushed their lead to 26 points. With their season on the line, the Scots rallied late, cutting the lead to 13 with 2:16 to play. However, it wasn’t enough as Monmouth fell to Cornell 63-52.
The Scots ended the season at 20-5, the school’s first 20 win season. Despite the loss, head coach Melissa Bittner remained proud of what her team accomplished.
“I’m very pleased with a 20-win season. That is great progress for the program,” said Bittner. “We have a lot to be proud of. However, we still have a lot of unfinished goals that will serve to motivate us to achieve even more next season.”