By ZACK GLOSSER
The Colorado College Women’s Basketball team has started the season off energetic and motivated. They are currently 2-7, but that has not discouraged the players or Head Coach Katherine Menendez. Menendez is incredibly proud of her team, as they have played three top 25 ranked teams already this year.
This past weekend, the Tigers travelled to the Pacific Northwest for the Whitworth University Holidsy Classic, losing 65-50 to Whitworth and 75-42 to No. 9 ranked Whitman College. “We are learning how to play together against really strong teams and also what we need to work on in order to be prepared for the rest of our season,” said sophomore Evan Underbrink.
Coach Menendez commented on the strengths of some key players. “Junior Casey Torbet has done a great job of leading us from the point guard position [this season], and she is constantly bringing the team together,” said Menendez. Torbet scored a season-high of 20 points against Whitworth University this past weekend. “[Playing] Whitman College was a great challenge where the team could compete at a higher level than in our conference,” Torbet said.
Menendez continued by saying that freshman McKenzee Gertz has also done a great job. “She’s shooting the three really nicely and doing a lot of little things like rebounding and defense that tends to go more unnoticed,” said Menendez. Gertz had 13 points in the Tigers most recent game as well.
The team only has 13 players this year, but Menendez likes the size because it means that everybody is important and gets playing time. Menendez also stated that because the team is so small it allows leaders to emerge. And that has been the case with senior Nina Holley. “She’s one of our [few] seniors and is absolutely respected by everyone on the team regarding her work ethic,” Menendez said. “She just has high expectations and other people rise to meet them.”
According to Menendez, this season is all about getting better one step at a time and improving another aspect of the game each time they compete. The Tigers head to Irving, Texas this weekend to start the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play against The University of Dallas. Hopefully the Tigers will not only improve their record, but also get better at a new aspect of the game.