The Ladies basketball team’s season came to an abrupt end on Friday night, when they lost 51-42 to the Denison University Big Red in the semifinals of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) tournament. In their two regular season matchups, the Ladies and the Big Red each won a game. The tournament was held at DePauw University in Greencastle, In., because DePauw finished first in the regular season NCAC standings.
Both teams were largely successful in the regular season due to their strong defenses. The Ladies held their opponents to under 32% shooting in the regular season, while Denison also had a strong defensive season due to the efforts of senior Jordan Holmes, one of the best shot blockers in NCAC history. As one could predict, Friday’s game was a defensive battle. The score was tied at 2 two minutes into the game and remained that way until Denison jumped ahead 4-2 with three minutes remaining in the quarter.
In the final game of her collegiate career, Miranda Diesz ’17 led the Ladies in points with ten. What ultimately brought the Ladies down was their inability to convert on the offensive end, where they shot just 26% from the floor. Friday marked the final game in the careers of seniors Bailey Dominguez, Charlotte Bussema, Sidney Cera, Emma Schurink, and Diesz. The Ladies will end their season with an overall record of 19-8.
In the NCAC finals tomorrow, Denison will play DePauw for the conference title.