Women’s basketball splits two games


Ed Mailliard

Mercyhurst women’s basketball vs. Roberts Wesleyan, Nov. 29, 2022. Photo by Ed Mailliard.

Sydney Dietz, Sports editor

The women’s basketball team split two away games over the weekend. The first game was Friday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m. against West Chester University of Pennsylvania. This game was played in West Chester, PA, and resulted in a loss for the Lakers.

The beginning of the game was slow with a starting score of 10-2 in favor of the West Chester Rams. However, the Lakers bounced back when graduate student Lexi Wagner made a three-pointer, followed by two lay-ups made by sophomore Ava Waid.

After these plays, the Lakers tied the game with a score of 15-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Rams dominated the second quarter after many offensive rebounds and second-chance points. Mercyhurst unfortunately was unable to take the lead.

Senior Jayde Boyd got a layup making the score 39-30 in favor of West Chester. Senior Julia Buchnman started the scoring in the second half of the game, allowing Mercyhurst to put the first points on the board. However, West Chester capitalized on the scoring going forward.

The Rams went on a scoring streak and gained nine points acquiring them a safe lead. In the fourth quarter, the Lakers tried their best to stay in the game, but had no luck. The Rams took control of the rest of the game with a final score of 79-67. However, despite this loss, the Lakers pulled out a win in their second game of the weekend.

The second game was played on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. against Millersville University. This game was played at the Pucillo Gymnasium in Millersville, PA.

Once again, Mercyhurst had a slow start as Millersville got the first points of the game early on and then obtained ten more points. Mercyhurst bounced back as Boyd added points for the Lakers helping the score.

At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers were only trailing by four points. The Lakers tied the game in the second quarter after a long-distance shot made by Buchmann. This shot made the score 29-29.

Boyd landed a few fouls resulting in more points at the free throw line. Sophomore Paige Woodford made a long-distance throw. After these added points, the Lakers took the lead with a score of 54-49.

The Millersville Marauders tried to catch up in the fourth quarter. They ended up tying the game at a score of 57-57. The Lakers, however, did not let the Marauders take the lead.

At the end of the game, they fought for their win. Orefield, PA, native, Buchmann made a layup that was followed by a three-pointer made by Woodford. The Lakers kept the lead for the rest of the game with a final score of 75-62.

The Mercyhurst women’s basketball game will face Salem University at home on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. They will then travel to Painesville Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 10, to face Lake Erie College.