Lady Gators cruise to NCAC victory

Sophomore Heidi Goeller takes a jumper during Thursday's win over Oberlin. Photo by Charlie Magovern/The Campus

By Katrina Tulloch

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First they were up by 10. Then they were up by 20. By 30, it was a no brainer. The Allegheny Lady Gators ripped Oberlin apart on Thursday with a final score of 80-37. Head coach Kate Costanzo most appreciated how the team hit shots from the very start.

“From the starting tip, we came out strong and that was good,” said Coach Kate Costanzo. “It was 10 minutes before [Oberlin] even scored so us hitting shots early and playing good defense to take them out of their rhythm were keys in this game.”

Starters held the floor for most of the game until the last five minutes, but having the starters out scoring was exactly was the team needed to get the lead Costanzo wanted.

“We have our normal rotation and then when games end up like this, we’re able to get everybody out there to play and that’s great,” Costanzo said. “The first rotation did a good job of building the lead so everyone could get in there and have the opportunity to play.”

The Lady Gators next play at Wittenberg on Saturday. They will practice tomorrow we leave tomorrow night.

“It’s a big game for us,” Costanzo said. “Wittenberg is just a level below us in the standings right now so if we win over them, we would have the season  sweep and that would be good going down the stretch.”

The team’s defense improved throughout the game and played one of the key factors in the blowout, according to freshman Erica Restich from Pittsburgh, Pa.

“I think concentrating on rebounding helped a lot,” said Restich. “We’ve really improved and emphasized our trapping defense and ball screens. We’ve been practicing those a lot.”

The team is trying to play their best basketball in the next few weeks, according to Costanzo.

“I was proud of the effort tonight,” Costanzo said. “The whole team contributed and it was a good energy on the court.”