Scots take on Cornell in season finale
February 24, 2017
Women’s basketball closed their season on Saturday with a home game against the Cornell Rams. The Scots women were hot coming off of two road wins against conference foes Lawrence University and Illinois College last week, but couldn’t carry the momentum into the weekend and fell to the Rams 83-59. This conference loss pushed their Midwest Conference record to 4-14, and tied them with Beloit for 8th in the standings. The Scots ended the season with an overall record of 4-19.
Cornell came out tough in the first half, shooting 50% from the floor and forcing 17 turnovers. The Rams scored 24 points off those turnovers, while the scots shot just 19% from the floor. The outstanding shooting coupled with a ferocious defense left the Scots on their heels. At halftime, the Scots trailed the Rams 47-8.
Monmouth was able to swing the momentum, however, as they outscored the Rams 51-36 in the second half. Freshman Scots helped the offense in the second half, as three players went for double digit point totals. Jenni Crain led the Scots with 13 points, Rebecca Gallis added 11, and Yvonne Ornelas also tallied 11 points with 7 assists. The Scots improved to 53% shooting in the second half, but were unable to completely close the gap.
Monmouth junior Keri Dodson said, “It’s not the way we wanted to end the season, but there’s a lot of positive we can take going forward into next year. We have an established team of veterans, a great team culture, and we’ll have a deeper bench after the younger girls got some experience.” The Scots don’t have a senior on the roster this year, but will return 5 next season. The Scots hope to capitalize on their veteran leadership heading into next season and make a run at the Midwest Conference tournament.