Looking to bounce back from its first loss of the season, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team traveled to Marietta College on Saturday.
On the back of an incredible 23-0 second half run, the Blue Streaks ran the Pioneers out of the gym and emerged with an 88-65 victory.
The first half of the game was incredibly close with numerous lead changes and neither team holding a significant lead.
The Pioneers held the lead for the majority of the first half, but with seven seconds left in the first half, junior guard Emily Taylor drained a 3-pointer, giving the Blue Streaks a lead they never relinquished.
Marietta came out of the gate in the second half doing all they could to ensure that JCU would not pull away.
For every basket the Blue Streaks scored, the Pioneers had an answer. Keeping it close up until the 13 minute mark, Marietta cut the lead back down to two.
But then disaster struck for the Pioneers. They went Antarctic cold from the field, missing their next 14 shots during a nine-minute scoring drought.
While Marietta missed everything they threw at the basket, JCU was shooting into an ocean. The Blue and Gold took advantage of Marietta’s poor offensive performance, rattling off 23 straight points. Marietta never came close to creating a comeback.
Outscoring Marietta by 20 points in the second half, the Blue Streaks ended up with a 23-point victory, advancing to 12-1 on the season and 7-1 in conference play.
The win was a great team effort, as four players finished in double digits. Junior guard Beth Switzler achieved her first double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Senior forward Missy Spahar (28), senior guard Allie Lustig (13) and sophomore guard Daniella Rice (10) all finished in double digits scoring as well.
After the game, Spahar stressed how important this game was after suffering their first loss of the season.
“With what happened on Wednesday, we needed to put [the loss] in the past and learn from our mistakes,” she said. “But I feel like we did a really nice job Saturday. The first half was a little rough, but the second half against Marietta was where we made a statement.”
The Blue Streaks will look to continue their winning ways, as they try to capitalize on this momentum at home for two conference games at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center against Otterbein University on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and Ohio Northern University on Saturday, Jan. 25.
Editor’s Note: For stats, video and a recap of the Blue Streaks’ home game against the Otterbein College Cardinals on Wednesday, check out jcusports.com.