October 22, 2020

Despite loss, playoffs still a possibility

Senior center Alex Gregorek. (Tom O’Dell / Photo Editor)

This past week, the College’s women’s basketball team picked up a win and a loss.

Although the loss certainly does not help its cause, the team still remains in the playoff hunt. With their current record of 6-6 in the NJAC, the team faces a must-win situation in its next game.

To begin the week, the College’s women’s basketball team had a decisive victory over Rowan University by a score of 67-55.

“We played a really solid road game against Rowan last week,” said head coach Dawn Henderson. “We had all phases of the game: defense, rebounding and knocking down some shots.”

Heading into this game, the Lions were faced with a must-win game against the Profs.

In the first half, the Lions had a 31-25 lead by drilling four three-pointers. From that point on, the Lions never looked back and led the entire game. Rowan did make it close by trimming the lead to 40-35, but the Lions responded with an 8-0 run.

From that point on, the game never really got close again as the Lions were hot from beyond the arc, making a total of nine three-pointers.

Junior Jessica Imhof led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, as she was a scorching 5-for-7 from three-point range. Senior center Alex Gregorek chipped in with 16 points.

The game against Richard Stockton College proved to be a different tale for the Lions.

“Stockton is different than Rowan, they have different strengths and weaknesses,” Henderson said. “I hope that a positive is that we have learned that we can play with anybody and to just go out and give our all.”

The Lions trailed by only three points in the first half.

The second half of play for the Lions was equally disappointing as the first half, especially after their tremendous shooting performance against Rowan. The Lions finished the game by shooting 20-71 (28.1 percent) from the field, and could not take the lead at any point in the second half.

Even with the Lions’ loss, the team still had some success.

Gregorek had a dominant game scoring 19 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Gregorek also etched her name in the record books as she scored her 1,000th point.

“I’m really proud of Alex,” Henderson said. “She’s had a great career at (the College). I’m especially happy that she has been able to come back from her knee injury and join the 1,000 point club.”

Junior guard/forward Hannah Tait also put up a strong performance. Tait scored 10 points and nabbed four steals in the loss.

The Lions will have a huge game against Rowan in Packer Hall on Feb. 16. In a win or go home situation, the Lions will have to bring their best punch against Rowan just as they did this past week.

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