At the beginning of their season, the Colorado College women’s basketball team set a team goal to become Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference champions. With only three games left in the regular season, the Tigers have their work cut out for them before they begin the playoffs.
The Tigers wrapped up their home season last weekend, with a 77 – 67 win against Southwestern University on Feb. 1, but lost 75 – 39 to Texas Lutheran University on Sat., Feb. 2. They celebrated Senior Night before Saturday’s game, with a ceremony honoring guard Casey Torbert ‘19 and guard Payton Katich ‘19.
“We love our seniors,” guard Jordan Meltzer ‘20 said. “We are just so thankful and grateful for everything they have done for us.”
Torbert and Katich have helped lead the team from a 4 – 21 record during their freshman season to a 10 – 11 record as of Feb. 3 this season.
Torbert scored 22 points and had 10 assists against Southwestern University to give her first career double-double and she also recorded her 306th assist, making her the third player to have over 300 assists in her CC career. Torbert also passed 1,000 career points in January to become the 13th women’s basketball player to record the feat.
Katich has played 82 games during her time at CC, and has scored over 300 points. Her career high was 182 in 25 games during her sophomore season. She scored seven points in her final home game against Texas Lutheran University on Saturday.
“They both work extremely hard during practice, and make each one of us better,” Meltzer said. “We play for them, we always play for them and we couldn’t do what we do without both of them.”
Meltzer describes Torbert as “a leader, and someone who finds positivity in anything.” Meltzer looks up to Torbert as someone who leads by example, which she credits Katich with “always having a smile on her face,” and being a supportive teammate.
Even though the team lost on Senior Night, their season is far from over, and the Tigers are looking ahead to their upcoming road games.
The Tigers are standing at No. 5 in the SCAC as of Feb. 3, and will travel to Louisiana and Texas this weekend to take on Centenary College and Austin College. They will wrap up their regular season in Denver against Johnson & Wales University on Feb. 16. All three games are against SCAC opponents, and Austin College is 2nd in the SCAC as of Feb. 5. The SCAC playoffs begin the next weekend, on Feb. 22 in Texas.
“We are definitely looking to rematch Texas Lutheran University and Trinity University,” Meltzer said. “If we come across either of them, we know we are more than capable of winning. We just have to be more disciplined and stay focused for all four quarters. That is the match-up we want.”
Despite the tie, the Tigers look poised to continue conference play and get back to their winning ways when they head to Miami University in Ohio next weekend. To stay up-to-date with all Tiger Hockey news, check them out on all social media. Go Tigers!