Women Cagers Play an Astoundingly Great Season
by Jeff Miller
There has been a rumble in the Philips gymnasium that has not been heard for some time.
The women's basketball team has not only been setting records this season, but they have compiled a winning record - 15-11 - for the first time in eight years. At the beginning of the season, the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), the coaches, and the media predicted the Yeowomen would finish no higher than eighth place. But to the delight of everyone at Oberlin, the team finished fifth and made the NCAC tournament, defeating Allegheny College in the quarter-finals before falling to Ohio Wesleyan 75-73 in overtime in the semifinals.
Besides shocking everyone with their conference standing and playoff showing, the Yeowomen have set Oberlin records for points in a game, rebounds in a game, field goals attempted in a game, and wins in a season. The wins-in-a-season mark tops that set in 1990-91, when head coach Ann Gilbert played for Oberlin, and it propelled her to second place on the career victories list.
The future looks bright for the women's basketball program. Oberlin will not graduate a single player this season, and the team is lead by three freshmen: Nzinga Broussard, Raegan Johnson, and Menna Demessie. Broussard leads the team in points-per-game, steals, and assists; Johnson leads in rebounds-per-game and is second in points-per-game; and Demessie is third in points-per-game with a double-figure average.