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Women’s Basketball Team Falls to MSOE for a Second Time

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Nicole Foley, DOMINICAN STAR

This past Tuesday, the Women’s basketball team played against Milwaukee School of Engineering for a second time and unfortunately failed to pull off the win.

Earlier in the season, the girls played this tough opponent in November losing to them by only two points with a score of 46-48. Tuesday was their chance to pull through and get back at MSOE.

Before the game in the locker room, teammates shared inspiring words with each other to hopefully get pumped enough to win. “Today’s a big game. We really want to win,” Sarah Budz said.

 

The game was close for both halves, with Dominican holding the lead for the majority of it, but ultimately lost by two points with a score of 55-57. Ashley Oliver and Kayla Blom led Stars, scoring 11 points each.

With this loss MSOE is now two games ahead of DU in the division. Regardless, the Stars keep their heads held high for the next few games with hope of making it to the playoffs.

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Dominican Women’s Basketball: Stars Getting Better

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The women’s basketball team is flying high winning more than half their games half way through the season.

During break the women’s team had five games, winning three of them. The wins came against Knox College, Bethany Lutheran College and Benedictine University. However they did lose against North Park University and Concordia University Wisconsin.

The Stars had a rough beginning of the season, winning only one of their first three games, yet they have bounced back from those games. Many of the games they won have been close with small points differential between the teams. However in other games the girls have soared above the opponents winning their last game by 12 points.

Ashley Oliver, Katie Budz and Sarah Budz are the team’s top scorers. Oliver, a sophomore guard, is the leader with a total of 198 points this season. Katie Budz, another sophomore guard, is 30 points behind Oliver with 168 points and Sarah, a senior guard, is closely behind with 153 points this season. Kayla Blom, also a senior guard, is another high scorer with 121 total points.

When the team isn’t playing they are practicing hard to work on plays and become closer as a team. The women can always be seen at together at open gym working on their skills and in the workout room to stay in shape.

The women’s team has 10 remaining games this season. Six of the games will be played at home, hosted in the Igini Sports Forum. The battle for Division Street against neighboring Concordia University Chicago will be played on Feb. 1. This is one of the best games of the year as the two schools play for the Division Street bragging rights.

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Women’s Basketball: Early Season Report

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The Dominican women’s basketball team is kicking off the season with a tied record.  With three wins and three losses the team is looking good so far.

After winning their division last year, they have a lot to live up to.  Practicing almost every day with new drills and practice games, the women are working hard to reach the school’s expectations.  “We’ve already had one sports team [men’s soccer] prove that Dominican athletes really are STARS and it would be awesome to see another team make it far,” Dominican sophomore Sylvia Gomma said. Gomma attended all of the men’s and women’s soccer games this fall and also went to all of the home basketball games so far this season.

With 18 games left in the season the team is working hard to prepare for their future opponents.  Starting guard Ashley Oliver said, “For the future I feel as if we will try our hardest and leave everything out on the floor.”

Wisconsin Lutheran College and Concordia University Chicago are the STARS’ biggest opponents this year.  These games will be extremely important to the women’s advancement in the division.  And with each game the women create a stronger bond, getting to know each other and the game a little better with every cheer, every whistle and every bounce of the ball.

These next 18 games are crucial for the team’s advancement in the division and having family, friends and classmates there to cheer them forward makes everything they do that more important.  There are eight more home games this season so get out there and support the team!

Nicole Foley, Sports Editor

Women’s basketball falls to Falcons in semifinals

The women's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the Northern Athletics Conference, but lost to the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons 81-64. Credit: Nicole Foley, Dominican Star.

By: Jackie Kasprzycki, Sports Editor

The Dominican women’s basketball team completed their 2010-2011 season Feb. 24 in the semifinal game of the NAC tournament against the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons. The Stars appeared to grab hold of the game early, but they quickly fell behind and lost the game 81-64.

The Stars, who have been noted for their offense, had trouble with their shooting on Thursday. They have been noticed for their top offense, averaging 74.1 points per game. They were the conference’s leading three-point shooting team.

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Q&A With Stacy Reynolds

Sophomore Guard Stacy Reynolds. Credit: dustars.com

By: Jackie Kasprzycki

Sophomore Guard on the 1st place women’s basketball team

Height : 5’9

1. Where did you play basketball previous to Dominican?

I went to high school in LaGrange, IL and played for Lyons Township high school.

2. Why did you choose Dominican to play basketball?

I was pursued heavily by Coach Lane, and when I came to Dominican for the first time I met all the girls, we had dinner and had a tour. Ever since then I was in love with the campus and knew this was the place for me.

3. How do you feel about the season so far? Are you surprised at all at the success?

We feel great, especially since in the preseason poll we were picked last.  We worked hard as a team and proved to everyone how good we were. We knew we were better that everyone gave us credit for, in a way I think we surprised ourselves.

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