On Saturday, Feb. 20, the John Carroll University women’s basketball team was on a high after beating Muskingum University in the final seconds on a jumper by sophomore Shmoo Pryor.
With the win over Muskingum in the squad’s final regular season game, JCU earned the right to host a first round game in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, the Blue Streaks welcomed Wilmington College to the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights, Ohio for the opening night of the OAC Tournament.
After defeating Wilmington twice in the regular season, JCU looked primed to make it three in a row, but the cold offense that haunted the Blue and Gold for much of the second half of the season returned.
The Blue Streaks opened the game scoring just six points in the opening quarter and shooting just 27 percent from the field in the first half. Yet, despite the poor shooting, the JCU defense was stout, holding Wilmington to just 31 percent, including 0-of-4 from behind the arc.
The second half didn’t get much better for JCU, though, as Wilmington took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Blue Streaks by seven points in the frame. The Quakers were led by freshman Mackenzie Campbell, who netted in a game-high 25 points on the night on 10-of-15 shooting.
JCU looked to try and mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but the cold shooting continued, with the Blue Streaks only making 33 percent of their shots overall in the second half. Wilmington, on the other hand, shot 46 percent over the same period of time.
The Blue Streaks looked to foul at the end of the game, but the Quakers were money from the line, hitting 15-of-17 shots from the charity stripe in the second half, ultimately, defeating JCU, 67-57.
Juniors Katlyn Spahar was the star of the night for the Blue Streaks in the loss, posting a team-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Pryor also added 16 points in the losing effort.
Sophomore Sarah Cairnie also contributed in the box score, scoring five points and collecting 10 rebounds in the season finale.
With the loss, JCU finishes the season 13-13 overall and 8-10 in the OAC.
The Blue Streaks have no seniors on the roster and should return next season with much of the team still intact.