|Yeowomen fall in tourney
By Mary Annaise Heglar
After losing 55-53 to Hiram College in their final regular season game Saturday,
a flip of the coin was to determine the Yeowomens fate.
With the loss, Oberlin College womens basketball team remained tied with Hiram for eighth
place in the North Coast Athletic Conference standings and thus for the final tournament slot.
Fortunately, the tiebreaker, consisting of a coin flip since the team had split its two games with
Hiram during the season, went in Oberlins favor, giving them a chance to compete for one
last time this season against first-place Wittenberg University Tuesday.
The team drew a lot of support from the community in the seniors last home game against Hiram,
according to sophomore Nicole Buford.
The crowd was great. They really encouraged us to play well, she said. I really
appreciate everyone who came out to the game. This was the biggest crowd we had all season.
The support from the crowd propelled the Yeowomen off to a flying start and almost to a winning
We had a 15-point lead at one point in the first half, senior Sonja Spencer said. We
just couldnt expand.
Moreover, the Yeowomen led by nine points in the last six minutes of the game.
We seemed to lose our composure in the last minutes, head coach Christa Champion said.
At the same time, Hiram made the plays necessary to win the game.
Senior Malisha Richardson led the Yeowomen in scoring with 16 points in addition to two blocks
and three steals.
Junior Emily Wells contributed 15 points and led the team in rebounding with ten boards.
After the loss, the coin flipped the Yeowomens way, determining that they would face Wittenberg,
whom they had lost barely a week before in the NCAC tournament.
Our strategy [against Wittenberg], Champion said, was to try to rebound better
and to slow the game down to keep it close so that we would have a chance to win it in the end.
We had Wittenberg playing our game plan, sophomore Cristina Briboneria said. It
worked well, but we were on a scoring drought a really long time. At the end of the first half,
we were already down by 19; our goal was to be within ten points.
Wittenberg pulled away from the Yeowomen, winning 86-46 to advance to the semifinals of the NCAC
Richardson again led the scoring with 17 points.
I dont think we accomplished what we wanted to do this season, Spencer said.
But it was a learning experience and will be helpful for the underclassmen for next season.
I enjoyed coaching the team this year and working with the players on their individual skills,
Champion said. The individual improvements shown by the team members, both on the court and
in their statistical performance has been very gratifying. There is a lot for this team to look
forward to in the future!