This past weekend the Colorado College women’s basketball team took a trip to sunny San Antonio, Tex., for a pair of games against conference powerhouses Trinity University and Schreiner University. Trinity was ranked 16th in the nation before the game, with just one loss on their record.
“Going into the Trinity game, we knew that they were going to be really good, so we just wanted to go out there and compete,” said first-year forward Evan Underbrink.
Despite a valiant CC shooting effort, their third-best mark of the season with a 40.7 field goal percentage of 22 field goals in 54 attempts, it still was not enough to contain the now 12th-ranked team in the NCAA, Trinity University. Trinity shot for a 45.7 field goal percentage, hitting 37 of 81 attempts.
Trinity took a commanding lead in the first quarter after going on a 26-4 run. Sophomore guard Casey Torbet led CC with 12 points and five assists, while first-year guard Jordan Meltzer and first-year forward Evan Underbrink added 10 and seven points to the Tigers’ effort, respectively.
“We had the opportunity to go against a top-ranked team and I think it’s awesome that we did a pretty good job on coming together against a seriously really good team,” said senior forward Korbyn Ukasick.
Defensively, the Tigers were led by junior forward Nina Holley and first-year guard Nia Duplain, who recorded eight rebounds each. Unfortunately, Trinity’s early run was too much to catch up to, with four separate players score more than 10 points. With a final scoring of 52-95, Trinity improved to 17-1 on the season and 6-1 in the SCAC with the win.
The Tigers didn’t have long to rest as they had another game the following night in Kerrville, Tex., against Schreiner University. After the Mountaineers just barely squeaked by CC last week in a late comeback, the competition was guaranteed to be fierce.
While the Tigers struggled to find rhythm, Schreiner came out very aggressive from the start. Schreiner’s early lead would prove to be crucial as the Tigers had to claw back the rest of the game, trailing 20-45 going into halftime.
The Tigers were led in scoring by sophomore guard Payton Katich with eight points, followed by Torbet with seven. Ukasick and sophomore guard Kaylyn Radtke led the defense with six rebounds each.
Despite a late push by CC, Schreiner managed to ride out their early lead to deliver a tough loss to the women’s basketball team, with a final score of 47-73. However, the team did manage to commit a season-low of 13 turnovers, while still forcing Schreiner to commit 17 turnovers.
“It’s definitely nice now to be able to get back to campus and get everyone healthy again, and then start thinking about our next game,” said Radtke.
“I think the way we banded together and came back to practice today really says a lot about the resilience of our team,” said Ukasick. “Definitely ready and looking forward to Centenary.”
The women’s basketball team will play tonight at 5:30 p.m. against Centenary, and Sunday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. versus Austin College in Reid Arena this weekend for their final home games of the season. Wear your pink for Friday’s breast cancer awareness game and come out early on Sunday for a pre-game ceremony to honor this year’s seniors.