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Scots end season against Cornell

February 23, 2018

Last Saturday, February 17th, the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team played in their season finale as they fell to Cornell College by a final score of 71-56.

Cornell jumped out to an early 15-9 lead, as they finished the final three minutes and thirty seconds of the opening quarter on a ten to four run.

In the second quarter, scoring would go back and forth, as each side found success on the offensive end. Both the Scots and Rams shot over fifty percent from the field in the first half, but Cornell’s fewer turnovers allowed them to take a 34-30 edge to the halftime break.

The third quarter saw much of the same as Monmouth would manage to stay in striking distance but never really threaten the Rams lead. The Scots cut the lead to one possession twice in the quarter, but each ensuing possession resulted in a Cornell basket to stave off Monmouth. Cornell would build up their lead to nine but a big three-pointer by Yvonne Ornelas with two seconds left in quarter three cut the deficit to six points heading into the final quarter of action.

In the fourth quarter, Monmouth’s offense stalled out, putting up only five points in the final frame. A large part of the offensive dry spell can be attributed to miscues and errors as the Scot’s turned the ball over six times in quarter.

While the final period of action ended the season on a low note, overall it was a year of improvement for the Monmouth College women’s basketball team. The team had five more wins than the season prior, including two more in conference play. With several talented freshmen on the team, there is plenty to be optimistic about moving forward. The Scots finished the season with a record of 9-16, with a 6-10 record in conference play.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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