Women’s Basketball 2-2 in a Solid Start to the Season
On Nov. 17, the women’s basketball squad traveled to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face the Pequots of Mitchell College, in the Vassar College tournament. Junior forward Roneisha Kinney led the team with an impressive performance, putting up 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Oberlin led the Pequots by as many as 20 points, taking a 53-33 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the match. Unfortunately, Oberlin could not hold the lead, losing a close one 78-79.
The Pequots first-year guard Jennifer Iglesias sealed the victory, scoring 28 points and hitting the game winning three-pointer. Despite losing, Oberlin had four players who scored in double digits, Kinney, sophomore guard Kira Rivera and first-years Liz Thompson and Monica Zell. Rivera scored 15 points while Thompson and Zell each tallied 11 points. The Yeowomen dominated the boards all night, out-rebounding Mitchell College 57-22.
Despite their first loss of the season against Mitchell, the Yeowomen quickly bounced back the following day with a 56-53 non-conference victory over Southern Vermont College. Zell was sharp behind the arc with five three-pointers and also scoring a game-high 16 points.
Oberlin was ahead at half time with a 31-22 advantage over Southern Vermont. In the second half the Mountaineers cut the score close to within two, with Oberlin leading 55-53. But it was Zell who sealed the deal for the Yeowomen in the final quarter, nailing three three-pointers. She had a couple of impressive games, earning the honor of being named to the all-tournament team.
Oberlin once again out-rebounded the Mountaineers 69-38. Rivera had a game-high 12 rebounds while senior captain forward Jessie Oram pulled down ten boards and scored nine points. Thompson and Kinney put forth strong efforts to contribute to the Yeowomen’s success. Kinney scored nine points, while Thompson accumulated seven points and six rebounds.
Southern Vermont was led by Jalessa Marshall, who scored a game-high 32 points, including 14 free throw shots and ten steals. But perhaps the most exciting game was Oberlin’s home opener victory against the Beavers of Bluffton University, which they won 76-68.
The Yeowomen were behind 24-28 heading into the locker room at halftime, but Head Coach Christa Champion got her squad pumped and ready for the second half. Oberlin came out hot, outscoring the Beavers 52-40 with some clutch shooting from the floor.
Oram played a tremendous game scoring 24 points to become the fifth Yeowomen to reach the 1,000-point mark in her career. Her performance earned her the North Coast Atlantic Conference Player of the Week. Oberlin shot an amazing 60.7 percent from the floor in the second half, including 16 of 21 made free throws. Sophomore Alyssa Clark and Kinney reach double-figures in the match. Clark scored 15 points, grabbed seven boards and a game high of seven assists, while Kinney added ten points.
Zell racked up three shots behind the arc and tallied nine points. Ginny Buckingham led Bluffton with 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Lindsay Bush scored 17 points for the Beavers, while Angie Lee scored 15.
Oberlin would even their record at 2-2 as they fell to Baldwin-Wallace on Nov. 29. The Yeowomen couldn’t find their rhythm as they fell to the Yellow Jackets 107-39. Baldwin-Wallace jumped ahead with a big lead 46-17 at halftime. Oram tallied 17 points in 26 minutes. Baldwin-Wallace has been nationally ranked this season and it showed as six different players scored in double figures.
Clark scored nine points for Oberlin, while Rivera added four points. Oberlin returns to the court on Saturday as they face Wittenberg University at Philips Gymnasium at 3 p.m.