The Lady Dons faced four great teams, two at home and two on the road, and endured four tough loses the past two weeks. Not the best way to end the season, but hopefully some good motivation to start the postseason strong. The Lady Dons finished this season 4-24 overall and 1-13 in the West Coast Conference. To recap the past two weeks I have summarized the last four games of the regular season for Women’s Basketball.
Portland vs. USF
Tough start to this game, the Lady Dons weren’t able to get a shot to fall until 5 minutes into the first half when Whitney Daniels got the ball down to Katy Keating who looked for Kelly Joe Mullaney to sink in a nice jump shot. Mullaney had another ball thrown her way from up the court by Brittany Brumfield to allow Mullaney to go up for a clean layup. Keating sunk in two consecutive three pointers in the last 4 minutes of the game. To finish off the first half, Vania Singleterry went for a rebound, put it back up, got the foul and made the free-throw. Trailing by only 5 points going into the second half, Portland’s Natalie Day (player #3) dominated the second half with numerous three pointers against USF. The Pilot’s could have easily been beat but as one of the leading scorers, Keating with 13 points, said “We could have won, defensive was the story of [this] game. Their threes killed us, [but] we all played hard.” Defense is what the Lady Dons lacked to pull their weight. Along with Keating, Singleterry lead with 13 points and Mullaney followed with a contribution of 11points.
Gonzaga vs. USF
USF honored the three seniors on the team: Kelly Jo Mullaney, Brittany Brumfield and Donnisha Taylor before the game’s start. This game began fairly even; it was not until 13 minutes into the game when the Zags accumulated a 24 point lead to end the first half. The Zags then came out strong in the second half to keep the lead out of our reach. Vania Singleterry lead in scoring this game with 16 points, a majority of them made in the first half and Bailey Barbour put up 10 points for USF. This was a hard loss to absorb before the last two games of the regular season on the road but the girls gave it their all against the Bulldogs.
USF vs. Pepperdine
This game started off slow with the ball being turned over many times by both teams and a lack of good shooting on both sides as well. However, USF’s Katy Keating and Rheina Ale kept us in the game in the first half, giving us only a six point trail going into the second half. Although, the Lady Dons had a better scoring game in the second half, shooting 41%, it was not enough to keep up with the Waves’s revenge on the Lady Dons from their previous loss in January at USF.
USF vs. LMU
The Lady Dons went into the start of this game competitive, obtaining the lead in the first minute with a field goal sunk by Vania Singleterry over LMU’s defender. The Lions responded to every basket put up by the Lady Dons. The efforts of Rheina Ale, Kelly Joe Mullaney, Ashley Boggs, Bailey Barbour, and Katy Keating in the first half were not enough to capture the lead that was well within reach for the Dons 3 minutes before half time. Such a close game went downhill in the second half to give the win right over to the Lions with their dominating play. The Lions finished with a 27 point win at home.
The Dons will face Santa Clara in the Zappos.com West Coast Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this Friday. Hopefully USF can pull of a win and advance in the tournament. Good luck ladies!
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