By Victoria Joshua
January 16, 2013
The 2012-2013 season has been a disaster thus far for the women’s basketball team.
This season has been a complete turn around for the Stars, after making the Conference Championship last season. The Stars experienced the loss of a couple seniors and had to adjust to a new head coach since that Conference Championship appearance.
Most recently, on Jan. 10, the Stars dropped their overall record from 0-14 to 0-15 as they stumbled against rival Concordia University Chicago with a final score of 55-60. Although they reined high with a free throw average of 76 percent and a total of 13 bench points compared to Concordia’s two, the Stars allotted 19 points to the Eagles due to 11 turnovers. As for points in the paint, the Cougars skyrocketed with a total of 34 points to the Stars’ 12.
The Stars continued to play enthusiastically and managed to tie the score in the second half with various three pointers. Freshman guard Allie Tapanes scored 18 points along with senior Laura Knieps who scored 13 points and junior Katie Budz who garnered a total of 10 points.
Similar enthusiasm from the Stars was seen on Jan. 8, when they looked somewhat hopeful against the Benedictine University Eagles. Senior guard Liz Yakey went 3- for -4 from the field, 2-for-3 from the three-point line, and 2-for-2 from the foul line. Budz added 17 points to the board with 3-for -6 attempts from the three- point line and 6-for- 6 from the free throw line, according to the Dominican Stars webpage. Tapanes also scored a total of 11 points, contributing to a one-point deficit of 54-53 against the Eagles in the second half. Once again, the Stars fell short on their offense against the Eagles with turnovers and missed layups, gaining yet another loss with a final score of 64-58.
With the challenges that the Stars are faced with in the first half of their season, Budz is remaining optimistic towards believing in her teammates and their new coach, Gabby Johnson.
“Although we are struggling, I’m really trying to motivate my teammates to stay positive, maximize effort, and have high energy,” Budz said. “These three elements will help us to have a competitive edge.”
Though the Stars went from being two-time undefeated women’s basketball South Division Champions in 2012 to being the last in their division (0-7) this year, the team’s ultimate and recurring goals have not been tarnished.
“Our goal has been every year since I started out as a freshman is to first qualify to make our Northern Athletics Conference Tournament,” senior guard Stacy Reynolds explained. “Then, to win that which would qualify us to make the NCAA Tournament.”
“The team just needs to make good choices,” Knieps said. “This is a time when we need the support of the entire university. We are going through a rough patch but any support we get will boost our confidence and get us a W.”
The next home game will be on Jan. 22 at 7p.m. where the Stars will take on Benedictine University.