The first official weekend of the Spring semester did nothing to distract the minds of the John Carroll University women’s basketball team as they dominated a young Marietta College team on Jan. 23, 102-66.
From the opening tip JCU displayed their superior talent as they were able to get into the locker room with a commanding 25-point lead.
The Blue Streaks were hot from all over the court as they shot nearly 58 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.
“We were able to get a lot of defensive rebounds and get out in transition,” said junior Lee Jennings. “That was key for us.”
Seniors Caitlin Sureck and Whitney Hamilton, along with Jennings, each contributed over 20 points in the game.
“When we all play together and are at our best, we really click,” Sureck said. “That’s exactly what happened in the game.”
As an extra bonus, everyone in attendance was rewarded with free chips and salsa from Chipotle, a giveaway for the team going over the century mark.
With the win, JCU pulls into fourth place in Ohio Athletic Conference standings with a league record of 6-4.
This win to open the semester came on the heels of a holiday break that was full of presents for the team as they went 5-2 over the month-long hiatus from classes.
Included in those wins were three big conference wins over Heidelberg, Otterbein and Marietta.
Jennings received conference “Player of the Week” honors after notching her first career triple-double against the Marietta Pioneers on Dec. 31.
Only a month remains in the regular season for the Blue Streaks. Being slated as the fourth seed would assure the team of a home game in the opening round of the conference tournament if they are able to remain solid with their play.
“We need to keep winning,” Jennings said. “Every game is important at this point.”
The upcoming week will be especially important in determining the squad’s ranking in the post-season tournament as they face-off against Baldwin-Wallace College and Mount Union College, two teams currently ahead of JCU in the OAC standings, in what are sure to be difficult road contests.
“Those two games are huge for us in determining where we will finish in the rankings,” Sureck said. “We need to play hard and consistent for 40 minutes.”