By Roderick M. Wilbon, Sports Editor
The Lady Tritons battled Rockhurst University January 27. The game was much different from their regular games. The team usually swarms the opponent on defense. They break down opponents’ sets and keep them out of rhythm. On this note the Tritons were the same, but the difference was there wasn’t the three-ball as much.
The Tritons must have noticed a weakness in Rockhurst’s game. The Tritons continually pounded Rockhurst in the paint. Rockhurst did not have an answer for the domination in the paint that the Tritons put on them. Many of the Rockhurst players just looked bewildered and at a loss. At halftime the game looked to be completely over and done.
Rockhurst came out of halftime with more life and a different game plan. They put up a much bigger fight in the second half. The Tritons out rebounded Rockhurst to a plus 10 rebounds for a total of 43 rebounds. Shooting that close to the basket seemed as if the Tritons could not miss. The team would shoot no less than 47 percent for the game. Any time a team shoots 40 percent from the field they are putting themselves in good position to win the basketball game. The Tritons won the game in fashion 78-68, in which could have been a lot worse.
Standouts Alex LaPorta, freshman, business administration, finished with a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. LaPorta can be a double-double machine, with this being her eighth on the year. Arielle Jackson, senior, biology and communications, seems to be the starter or anchor on defense. Her temperature on defense dictates the rest of the team. Jackson finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal. “It was a good game overall, we could have been better on the defensive side,” said Jackson. “I try to keep a clear head when I’m out there and look for my teammates to get them a great shot.”
On January 27, the Ladies faced the Bellarmine Knights and won 72-61. The Knights were a team that gave them quite the test. The Ladies gained their fifth straight win and the definitive first place in the central division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Lady Tritons are 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the GLVC and do not plan on losing that spot. Shawnta Johnson, senior, communications, finished the game with nine points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two great blocks. “It felt good, great team win and another point in the conference,” said Johnson. “We had some issues tonight with transition defense, but will work on that.”
The Lady Tritons next home game will be against The University of Indianapolis, February 8, “The Lace Up for Cancer Game.”