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Women’s basketball slips on the road, falls to ONU

January 24th, 2013

The John Carroll women’s basketball team went into Saturday’s matchup against Ohio Northern hoping to start a mid-season turnaround after a disappointing start to OAC play. JCU traveled to Ada, Ohio to face 15-1 Ohio Northern University, ranked eighth in the nation. It would be no easy task, but if JCU was able to pull off the upset against the team leading the OAC, it would be the perfect jolt.

Unfortunately for the Blue Streaks, the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern were just too much to handle. Despite JCU’s remarkable resiliency and big games from individual players, the Blue and Gold were not able to hold on, eventually falling, 72-61.

The first half was primarily controlled by ONU, as they took a 39-26 lead into the locker room. JCU did not let this get them down and came out strong at the start of the second. Just seven seconds into the half, the Blue Streaks had cut the lead to six.

But at the end of the day, ONU just had too much fire power. Led by star senior forward Joanna Snyder, who put up an impressive stat line of 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists, the Polar Bears never let it get closer than six and closed out the game.

JCU forward Missy Spahar tied for the team lead in points, finishing with 13 on the day. “We came back [in] the second half and cut the lead to six. But then we gave up some key offensive rebounds, and then they had a bigger lead,” she said. “We played our hearts out that whole game, but they are a great team, and we just didn’t come out how we should have.”

Although JCU did not come out on top, there was a positive to be found in the defeat. Junior guard Allie Lustig broke a 22-year school record, with 14 assists – one more than the previous record held by Michelle Bielozer.

Another hard-fought loss dropped the Blue Streaks to 3-7 in the conference and to 10-7 overall. After one of their best starts in team history, the OAC has taken its toll on JCU. But with eight  conference games left, it is not too late to turn this season around and prepare for an OAC Tournament run.

The Blue Streaks take the court next on Saturday, Jan. 26 as they play host to the visiting Muskingum University Fighting Muskies (6-11 overall, 1-9 OAC) in another conference matchup. Action will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.

Editor’s Note: The John Carroll University women’s basketball team played host to the No. 21 University of Mount Union Purple Raiders (14-3 overall, 8-2 OAC) last night on Wednesday, Jan. 23. For results, box scores, game stories and more from last night’s Ohio Athletic Conference matchup  please go to www.jcusports.com.