Women’s basketball tries to find rhythm

Strong fourth quarter offense comes too late as Rock falls to Golden Knights

Published by Aidan Treu, Date: February 21, 2024
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The powerful offensive duo of Regan Atkins and Kristina Donza proved to be not enough as the White and Green fell to Gannon University last Wednesday.

Gannon’s five separate players scoring at least 10 points led the Golden Knights to an 85-45 victory.

Atkins continues to prove herself as a valuable asset for now and the future. The freshman guard is averaging 15.6 points per game which is the ninth best mark in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). She added five rebounds to her most recent impressive statline.

Donza had a similar performance, scoring 14 points with two rebounds. The majority of her scoring came by way of three buckets from behind the arc on five attempts.

Junior forward Endya Robinson added four boards to The Rock’s stats, but the total offensive output for SRU took too long to get going to stay on track with Gannon.

A 19-point fourth quarter capped off by a last second three-pointer by Anye Washington brings hope for future contests, but the Golden Knights had already put 62 points on the scoreboard by then.

Bri Claxon’s 16 points were the most of any Gannon player, but she was followed closely by Kate Ratliff, Andrea Maibach, Samantha Pirosko and McKel Nation, all of whom scored in the double-digits.

Turnovers doomed The Rock from the beginning of the game. The Golden Knights scored 25 points off SRU turnovers compared to three the other way around.

Gannon’s bench also came up big, amassing over a third of their total points and 20 more than The Rock’s bench.

Slippery Rock women’s basketball welcomed Pitt-Johnstown (UPJ) to Morrow Field House this Saturday as they looked to find their footing entering the final five games on their schedule.

The White and Green’s last match-up with UPJ was a 64-42 loss back on Jan. 20. SRU is on a bit of a losing streak in the series, having lost four straight dating back to 2022. The Saturday matinee provided a chance to serve as a get-right game as the outlook begins to shift off this year and onto next season.

From there, The Rock will look forward to games against Clarion University, Indiana University (Pa.), Edinboro University and Mercyhurst University to round out their schedule.

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