Women's basketball drops two games over weekend

“The women’s basketball team continued to struggle this weekend as it suffered two more losses to Robert Morris (2-1) and Wright State (2-1). The Zips are currently 1-3 this season. The Zips played Robert Morris on Thursday and in a tough battle lost 74-67.”

The women’s basketball team continued to struggle this weekend as it suffered two more losses to Robert Morris (2-1) and Wright State (2-1). The Zips are currently 1-3 this season.

The Zips played Robert Morris on Thursday and in a tough battle lost 74-67.

I thought we executed much better tonight than we did in our last game at St. Bonaventure, but I was disappointed with our defensive play and our inability to box people out, Zips head coach Jodi Kest said. That ended up being the difference tonight.

Leading the offensive attack for the Zips against the Robert Morris Colonials was none other than team captain and small forward Kara Murphy who had 28 points in the game. Murphy also recorded five assists in the game.

Kyle Baumgartner led the defensive attack for the Zips as she recorded nine rebounds in the game. Baumgartner also had one block and two assists for the Zips.

Point guard and captain Ayla Guzzardo were 1-3 from the court and recorded six assists for the Zips.

Freshman Rachel Tecca got her first start at center for the Zips against the Colonials. Tecca went 3-4 from the court, had three rebounds, nine points and one steal in the game.

It is tough when a freshman has to come out and start at the Division-1 level, but I felt she played very hard and will only get better, Kest said.

Jolene Tamboue was second in scoring behind Murphy with 10 points of her own. Shooting guard Amber Witt played 22 minutes and recorded three points and one assist for the Zips.

The Zips team stats are 24-47 from the court, 8-19 from behind the arc, 22 rebounds, 20 assists, one block and three steals.

Leading the offensive attack for the Colonials was Angela Pace with 20 points and four assists. Mary Durojaye and Angela Pace led the Colonials in rebounds with seven a piece.

The Colonials went 27-54 from the court, 7-18 from behind the arc, recorded 31 rebounds, 13 assists, one block, and 10 steals in the game.

The Zips only went 2-9 from behind the arc, 33 rebounds, 14 assists and nine steals against the Colonials.

Leading the offensive attack for the Colonials was Kanisha Ward with 16 points. Leading the defensive attack was Molly Fox who recorded 10 rebounds.

The Colonials went 21-51 from the court, 3-13 from behind the arc, recorded 42 rebounds, six blocks and had 13 steals for the game.

On Sunday the Zips took on the Wright State Rowdy Raiders as the Zips lost in a 26 point blowout 69-43.

Power forward and team captain Jolene Tamboue led the Zips in the offensive attack with 11 points and one assist.

She is a hard worker, and we can always count on her effort, Kest said.

Leading the defensive attack for the Zips was center Kyle Baumgartner with seven rebounds.

Captain and starting point guard Ayla Guzzardo recorded eight points, six assists and four steals in the game. Jasmine Mushington recorded seven points in the game against the Colonials.

Small forward and captain Kara Murphy recorded nine points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal against the Raiders.

Shooting was not good for the Zips making 35 percent of their shots, (17-49).

We did not do a very good job shooting, their (Raiders) ball pressure gave us a lot of problems, and we committed to many turnovers, Kest said.

The Zips will be spending their thanksgiving down in Florida participating in the Florida-Gulf Coast Tournament in Fort Myers. The Zips will take on Rider University on Nov. 27 and The University of Tulsa on Nov. 28. The Zips will return back to James A. Rhodes arena on Dec. 2 to play IPFW.