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Women Hoopsters Off to 3-6 Start

By Mari Casserberg
and Michelle Green

team members

The women's basketball team began the new year with a home win over Wentworth Institute of Technology, followed by a loss to Brandeis University and an overtime win over Colby Sawyer College.

The team is young, relatively inexperienced, and lists only 10 women on the roster. Despite these challenges, this year's team currently holds the same win-loss record as last year's and shows definite strengths.

The starting lineup consists of Jen Boyle '96 and the four returning players: co-captains Portia Lewis '93 and Mari Casserberg '94, Tammy Porter '94, and Kristin Ratliff '95. With three veteran post players, leadership and strength come from the inside.

Although the team's current record is 3-6, no opponents have been able to control the key. Lewis scored 29 points at Brandeis and Ratliff had 24 at CSC. Being forced outside by zones against Wentworth and CSC, the team exhibited its scoring capabilities outside the lane as well. Porter scored a career-high 17 points against Wentworth and added 12 more at CSC.

Recovering from a poor start at Colby Sawyer, the team finished strong in overtime. After Porter, Boyle, and Ratliff fouled out, the team maintained its momentum and composure. Celia Fleming '93 grabbed an important rebound and added two big points. Green assisted Lewis with a great pass, and Jenn Wozniak '95 stopped CSC's forwards. The final score was 79-74.

The fans who cheered us to victory against Wentworth and those who traveled to Brandeis were greatly appreciated. The team's next home game is in Rockwell Cage on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. against Nichols College.