On Monday, Nov. 16, the Gustavus women’s basketball team began their season with a win against Martin Luther College.
The team started off shaky at first, leaving the first-half with a score of 36-35. However, the ladies picked up their speed in the second half of the game, defeating the Knights 79-59.
Sophomore forward Miranda Rice played a big role in the win; in total. She made nine points and six rebounds.
“During half time, we were pissed because we knew we could do better than that. I think that gave us a spark to go all out. Second half we came back really strong picking up on defense. Everything came into place,” Rice said.
“During half time, we were pissed because we knew we could do better than that. I think that gave us a spark to go all out. Second half we came back really strong picking up on defense. Everything came into place.”
Rice explained that one of the most challenging factors for this season will be adapting to the new rules NCAA have incorporated.
“It will be a struggle, but I’m confident that our team will be able to adjust,” Rice said about playing with the new rules.
Last year, the team’s overall record was 17 wins and 9 losses. The women placed fifth in the MIAC; although many games like Hamline and Saint Benedict’s were lost by a large margin.
This year is looking bright and young. Two-thirds of the team consists of first years and sophomores. First year Justine Lee’s talents could not go unnoticed, as she begins her first season as a starter.
Senior forward Lindsey Johnson, who made it to the All-Conference team last season, is expecting the team to win the MIAC this year.
“Every day in practice, I’m continuing to work hard and to focus on the little things,” Johnson said.
The women’s basketball team look forward to their next game on campus this Friday, Nov. 20. against UW-Stout. The game starts at 6 p.m. Support your fellow Gusties by swinging by and cheering the ladies on.