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The last five minutes of this game were about as dramatic and exciting as a sports fan can hope for.
The last five seconds were about as gut wrenching and painful as a Gorlok fan will witness.
Despite a brilliant comeback by the Webster University Men’s Basketball team, the Gorloks fell just short in the waning moments of the game as Dietrick Sooter drove to the rim with just a few seconds left on the clock. The Gorloks were down by two and it looked like Sooter’s layup would send the thrilling game into overtime. That is until Sooter decided to try and pass the ball to one of his unsuspecting teammates sitting under the hoop, and the ball was instead sent into the hands of an Austin College Kangaroo who was quickly fouled and drained both free throws to ice the game.
It was an inspired effort and comeback for the Gorloks who now sit at 1-8. They trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 13 with 2:59 left on the clock. Somehow they found a way to make it close as they went on a 17-5 run over the next 2:45, but in the end it just wasn’t enough.
Despite the thrilling finish, the Gorloks most likely would not have found themselves in this situation had they played better and cleaner basketball over the first 35 minutes of the game. The Gorlok men committed 21 turnovers to go along with 16 personal fouls. Their defense could not stop the shooting and drives of a speedy Austin College team as the Kangaroos shot 50% from the field. The Gorloks also did not help their cause when given the opportunity late as they went 7-15 from the line in the second half. They are currently shooting 63% on free throws this season, a stat which must improve.
There were some strong individual performances as the electric Roman Robinson put up 21 points, six boards, and added three steals. Recent SLIAC Player of the Week Stefan Whittingham posted 13 points, eight rebounds, and blocked three shots. Ahmed Smith, proving himself more and more each game as a strong sixth man, scored 15, including a game high three from behind the arc.
Despite these strong performances, in the end it’s the players who did not have their normal strong nights who jump out on the stat sheet. Cody Bradfisch was one of nine from the field while committing four turnovers. Point Guard Hollis Edwards did not score a point nor contribute an assist. Center Jarrod Huskey did not even attempt a shot in the game.
This was a very winnable game for the Gorloks. The game was within reach throughout. Despite their sloppiness and uncharacteristic performances by the usual stars, they were one shot away from sending the game into overtime, and that shot was never taken.
Unfortunately for the Gorloks, they’ll have to think about this one for a while as they do not play another game until January 4th against SLIAC rival Blackburn College. The Gorloks now enter a prolonged stretch of conference play, which bodes well for them as they are currently undefeated in the SLIAC (albeit 1-0) and all of their losses have come at the hands of unfamiliar non-conference opponents. This would be the proper time for the Gorloks to get back to their winning ways if they want to repeat as SLIAC Champions in 2011-2012.
Throughout the beginning of this season, the Webster University Women’s Basketball team has shown flashes of brilliance, followed by flashes of bafflement. That didn’t change during their contest against the Austin College Kangaroos on Sunday night, but the results sure changed at the Lady Gorloks claimed their first win of the season and now stand at 1-6 to start the year.
The main difference in this game from what had been seen from the Gorloks up until this point was much cleaner play. They still committed 18 personal fouls, which needs to be improved, but they finally won the turnover battle and did not hurt themselves. The Gorloks forced 19 Kangaroo turnovers and only committed eight of their own as the pressure and full court press was on most of the game. They shot 80% from the charity stripe, a large improvement, and had a few clutch free throws down the stretch made by Megan Willett.
Shooting all around was much improved in this game, as the Gorloks shot 41.7% from the field. Three Gorloks reached double-digit points (Gwen Williams with 15, Megan Willet with 11, Cassie Endicott with 10). The bench played a strong role in the contest as well, contributing 23 points.
Webster went into the half with a six point lead, but things turned dramatic as the Kangaroos hit from outside the arc to tie the game up at 61 with 1:20 left to play. Some strong defense and clutch shooting by Tori Fenemor and the aforementioned free throws by Willett sealed the game for the Gorloks as Grant Gymnasium and Coach O’s bench erupted.
The Lady Gorloks squad will only have a short time to revel in their victory as they take on Washington University this Saturday. But with their first win captured and the weight off their shoulders, perhaps it’s time for the Gorloks to begin flying high as they did last year when they won the SLIAC. If they turn those flashes of brilliance into prolonged streaks, they should be able to do just that.
Every game so far in this young season, it’s been a different story, a different lineup, and a different performance on the court for the Webster Women’s Basketball Team. One consistent has been the tallies in the loss column as the Lady Gorloks find themselves 0-5 to start the 2011-2012 campaign.
The Gorloks found themselves in a good situation against Elmhurst (5-1) who yields a very young and inexperienced team (four upperclassmen as opposed to eight freshmen) that had just suffered their first loss of the season in their previous game and then had to travel to Grant Gymnasium. Webster just could not capitalize.
The Gorloks jumped out to an early lead, but went into the half down 30-24. They came back out energized in the second half, led by Junior Guard Gwen Williams, who has been one of the most outstanding performers for the Gorloks so far. The team’s leading scorer posted 17 points while shooting 50% from the field. She also chipped in nine rebounds and four steals during her tenacious conquest. Williams did not receive quite enough help from her teammates however as the team shot just under 33% from the field as a whole; take away Williams’ stats and they shot 27%.
Freshman Cassie Endicott looked to be a force in the game, but her playing time was limited due to early foul trouble. She was only able to play 12 minutes, but managed to deliver 11 points and six rebounds during that short time. Loren Douglass and Tori Fenemor tried to compensate, but in 25 combined minutes of floor time, they could not combine to match Endicott’s performance in either category.
It seems the Gorloks are struggling to find an identity early on in the year. Every game looks very different, and the adjustments made in game seem to be trying different things until they find something that works. Their offensive and defensive strategies fluctuate throughout.
It also didn’t help that the Lady Gorloks played one of their more undisciplined games of the year as the squad committed 23 personal fouls, highlighted by a tackle by Maggie Zehner on Elmhurst star Meghan Merklein that brought the trainers over to check on Merklein, who eventually walked off on her own power.
If the Gorloks want to get back to their winning ways from last season, they need to develop an identity and stick with it. They have learned their strongest weapons early on are Williams, Endicott, and Zehner, but the rest of the team needs to continue to step up on both sides of the ball.
Luckily, the Gorloks don”t appear to be at a loss for effort, but they are at a loss for results as they remain winless on the season.
The Gorloks travel to Rust College for a matchup next Saturday, and then come home to face Austin College on Sunday, a game which can be heard on The Galaxy Radio, or watched on collegetvticket.com. The Galaxy radio encourages fans to come on out next Sunday night to cheer on their Gorloks!