Streaks are meant to be ended, and the John Carroll University Women’s Basketball team did just that when they defeated cross-town rival Baldwin-Wallace College 61-58 last Thursday night.
Prior to the win, JCU had not beat B-W since Dec. 7, 1993. With the victory, a 30-game losing streak was put to a halt.
Victory did not seem to be in the cards for JCU during the first half of play. Senior Jessica Gibbons scored JCU’s first point of the game with a made free throw at the 16:59 mark. The first basket of the game for JCU did not come until 15:31 remaining when sophomore Rachael Price made a lay-up.
The Yellow Jackets’ biggest advantage arrived at the 2:43 mark, when Michelle White hit a shot to make the score 37-14.
JCU would never hold the lead the first 20 minutes of play, as the halftime score would be 39-20.
A breath of new life appeared to be in the Blue Streaks after intermission. While B-W went cold, JCU went on a 13-2 run to start the second half. The Yellow Jackets lead would be less than ten when freshman Caitlin Sureck hit a lay-up to make the score 41-33 with 15:05 left.
For the last ten minutes of play, JCU would spend the time trying to catch-up. With 4:44 remaining, the Blue Streaks would take their first lead of the game when Gibbons would hit a jump shot to put JCU up by one, with a score of 51-50.
During the last 3:21 of play, John Carroll would either hold the lead or be tied with the Yellow Jackets.
Made foul shots by sophomore Alex D’Amico, senior Allison Kern and Gibbons would give JCU the final advantage.
Senior Tracey Prosinski led the way for the Blue Streaks in her last performance at home, scoring 20 points and bringing down 16 rebounds. Price added ten points. B-W’s Amanda Mondrach led her team with 11 points, while teammate Jessica Latimer added ten points.
Kern said, “I don’t think there is a word that could even come close to describing this feeling.”
Gibbons added, “The one word I would use to describe the way I felt after beating B-W is blissful.”
“Our heart and determination were evident from the comeback victory,” said Prosinski. “I couldn’t have imagined a better senior night.”
Sureck felt that even though she is a freshman, she knew how much this win meant to the seniors. She said, “To have the opportunity to play in this game was an unbelievable feeling, and seeing the looks on my teammates’ faces was priceless. Basically, it was wonderful.”
Unfortunately, another win was not in the forecast for the Blue Streaks. Wilmington College handed JCU its worst loss of the season on Saturday, winning 70-44.
The Quakers scored the first 13 points of the game after just four-and-a-half minutes of play.
JCU never was able to catch Wilmington, as the halftime score read 34-13. In the first 20 minutes, the Blue Streaks’ shooting was dismal, going 5-26 from the field.
The Quakers’ biggest lead occurred with 1:45 left to go in the second half. Ashley Leon would hit a three-point shot to make the score 70-41, a 29-point difference.
With the loss, JCU finished the regular season at 10-15 overall, 7-11 in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Gibbons felt that the Blue Streaks’ biggest accomplishments occurred during the second round of OAC play. “In our first round of playing each team in the OACs we only won two games. In our second round, however, we came back to win five games.”
On Tuesday, the Blue Streaks traveled to Bexley, Ohio, to face Capital University in the first round of the OAC Tournament. Gibbons said, “I expect us to play hard and as a team on Tuesday.”
Prosinski echoed Gibbons’ comments saying, “Tournament time is the start of a whole new season. Every team is 0-0 and is hungry for a win.”
However, JCU’s season came to an end on Tuesday night, as Capital beat the Blue Streaks 55-38.
Twenty-four turnovers and a dismal 13-52 shooting performance doomed JCU. Capital’s Caitlin Elsass made life difficult for the Blue Streaks, as she just missed a double-double by scoring 15 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Teammate Danielle Manalac helped the Crusaders’ cause by scoring ten and having four rebounds.
JCU scored only 15 points in the first half, compared to Capital’s 26. Prosinski finished her last game with nine points, while classmate Gibbons added eight. Kern ended her career with six rebounds.