Not catching the winter heat

by Dominic Chamberlain

Sports Editor

The Griffs women’s basketball team hasn’t had the same success the rest of the Griffs sports teams.  That’s not to say the Griffs have been bad, but in this unseasonably warm winter, they haven’t found a hot streak like the rest of the teams.

        The Griffs entered winter break coming off a tough loss to the 12 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes during finals week. The final score was 89-56 but that loss can be brushed off right? 12 ranked team in the Nation, on the road, that’s not a game people expected the Griffs to win.

        The problem with the loss, or the game in general, is that it kicked off a five game road trip for the Griffs. The next stop for the Griffs was a game on Dec. 19 in Morehead KY, to face off against the Morehead State Eagles. The Griffs lost this game too by a score of 77-68 but there was a very bright spot that came out of that game.

        Sophomore Sara Hinriksdottir had a career high 29 point game while grabbing nine rebounds; just one board shy of a double-double. Hinriksdottir was an impressive 13 for 18 shooting as she led the charge for the Griffs.

        Next stop on the trip was yet another out of conference game, this time against the Cornell Big Red. This was a tough game for the Griffs, only scoring 43 points against Big Red. The Griffs had two players record six points; they led the team in scoring.

        Simply put the Griffs needed a bounce back game. The road trip now handed the Griffs three loses, ad it continued with a conference match-up against the Iona Gales. It wasn’t a must win for the Griffs but if there was ever a time for them to bounce back it would be now as only conference games remain on the Griffs schedule.

        The Griffs did lose to the Gaels but it was a close hard fought game. The final score saw the Gales tally 55 to the Griffs 52. A three-point loss against a team the Griffs are close to in the standings certainly put the Blue and Gold back on track.

        The loss though was probably a bit demoralizing in the moment. The Griffs seemed to be in control of the game late until the Gaels went a 7-1 run which included a last second three pointer that would ultimately win the game fro the Gaels.

        Three Griffs scored triple digit points in the game; Hinriksdottir and Saliah Serrette had 12 while Tamara Miskovic scored 10. The stat lines are very similar on both teams. The Gaels also had three players score double digits; both teams had over 20 defensive rebounds, the Griffs had 17 turnovers to the Gaels 18, and the Griffs had 15 assists to the Gaels 11. The key stat that differs was blocks. The Gaels had three blocks while the Griff had zero. In a close game, three blocks could be the entire difference. Those three shots go in, the Griffs win.

        But the Griffs would get back to their winning ways as they played their first game of 2017 and the last game of the five road games. 62-57 was the score as the Griffs topped the Manhattan Jaspers and started the new year of right. The win was the first time in almost a month that the Griffs had won yet with the win the Griffs stayed in the hunt in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

        The next game, the Griffs returned home for a match-up with the Marist Red Foxes. The Griffs first home game of 2017 ended that same, as the Griffs last home game of 2016 with a loss in the Koessler. It was a 74-85 loss to the Red Foxes but the Griffs were once again led by Hinriksdottir, who scored 18 points with three of her teammates also reaching double digits.

        Once again the Griffs didn’t put in a bad performance but it was rather a late run by their opponents that did them in. The common theme over the break seemed to be the Griffs play hard to get a lead, but in the fourth quarter they just can’t hold off a charge.  But finally, as school geared up to restart, the Griffs looked like they had it figured out. They went 3-2 in their next five games following the loss to the Red Foxes and were even riding a two game winning streak heading into yesterday’s game against the Siena Saints.

        Before the contest the Griffs were seventh in the MAAC with a 5-5 record. A win against the saints would give the Griffs the same conference record as the Saints. However the Griffs struggled against the Saints.

The Griffs turned the ball over 29 times in the game; a season high and the Saint had 15 steals. The Griffs had along night in Loudonville NY. The final score was 67-42 and the Griffs will need yet another bounce back game.

The Griffs now have a 5-6 MAAC record and will need to make sure games like they had tonight against the Saints and over break with Big Red stop, and that they warm up like the rest of this winter.


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