Women’s Basketball Drop Seventh Straight, Out of Playoffs

JAMES MIRANDA , Sports Editor


The Pace women’s basketball team’s blunders continued, as they have lost seven straight games and sit at the bottom of the Northeast-10 (NE-10) Conference.

Women’s basketball (10-15, 5-12 NE-10) is not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention as of Feb. 16, according to Carrie Seymour, head coach of women’s basketball. Reasons for the rough stretch that has them not looking at playoffs are surrounded by injuries and lack of competitiveness.

“We’ve had a lot of bad breaks with injuries sprinkled throughout the season, but you can’t feel sorry for yourself,” said Carrie Seymour, head coach for women’s basketball. “I want to see us get back to being competitive.”

Amidst the seven-game (Jan. 20-Feb. 13) losing streak, the women’s team has a field goal percentage of .26 (134/521), and have been outscored by opponents 448-367, and have only scored on average 12.7 points during the fourth quarter of those games.

“These games we needed to win and we just haven’t won them,” said guard Gabriella Rubin, who scored 17 points in Pace’s 65-46 loss to American International College (AIC) Sat., Feb. 13. “We worked really hard this offseason and preseason and it’s frustrating not to make it, but at the same time we’re not going to quit.”

AIC (21-4, 14-4 NE-10) leads the Southwest Division of the NE-10 conference and were a tough opponent as is. Pace kept up for the first three quarters in Saturday’s loss never trailing more than 11 points.

At the 8:34 mark in the fourth quarter, AIC went on a 13-2 run to close out the game. Guard Alexandra Monteleone scored the only basket in the fourth quarter for Pace.

“There’s times we’ve given up,” Rubin said. “We have our ups and downs. We have 40 minutes and we need to play hard the whole time. We’ll stay with the team for three quarters and in the fourth we’ll let it go and lose by 15 points.”

With three games left for the season, Seymour wants her team focus on the rest of the season and see them play competitively for 40 minutes.

“I want to see us compete for 40 minutes, we haven’t been competing and that’s the difference between winning and losing,” Seymour said. “The team individually needs to prepare better. It’s disappointing the difference in the effort in the fourth quarter. We need to be resilient.”

Women’s basketball will host the College of St. Rose tonight in the Goldstein Fitness Center.