Yeowomen fall to Allegheny
With one conference loss to Wittenberg already, Oberlin’s efforts for their first conference win came up short on Monday evening as they were defeated 62-28 by Allegheny College.
Throughout the game, Katie Kestler and Valery Medwid led the “Gators” in scoring. At one point in the second half, the “Gators” were up by as many as 42 points, with which Oberlin was unable to retaliate.
Admittedly, Allegheny is having a solid season with an overall record of 5-4 and a 2-1 mark in the NCAC.
Despite the immense competition, the Yeowomen played strong in the first half, and as Head Coach Christa Champion said, “The score should have been 28-20 at the half.” Oberlin missed open shots and four unguarded lay-ups that would have made a difference in the score.
The Yeowomen took a significant blow when first-year Alyssa Clark sprained her ankle coming down on it after a steal attempt. First-year Amanda DeMatto was also on the bench, but plans to rejoin the team in January.
Senior captain Meg Reitz led the Yeowomen with 11 points and eight boards. First-year Kira Rivera followed behind her with five points and six boards.
“We’ve had our two worst offensive games so far this season against the only two conference teams we’ve played,” said Reitz. “The Allegheny game was particularly hard because we had become very dependent on Alyssa and Jessie giving us at least 35 points a game; it hurt when they only gave us four that night.”
Junior co-captain Jesse Oram commented, “the most frustrating part was that we came out with such defensive intensity — hands up, good rotations — and then couldn’t convert that defensive energy into buckets,” she said. “Next time the shots will fall, so long as we continue playing a full 40 minutes of intense basketball.”
Champion said, “Monday’s game was a difficult one. Our defensive choices were good in the first half, we need to develop more individual scoring threats. Other than that, we look forward to coming out strong in January.”
Oberlin’s record stands at 1-8 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC. With Clark
healthy and DeMatto returning, the Yeowomen should come out enthused and ready
to go at their next game on Jan. 6.