Kris Thomas

Staff Writer

Recent history has shown that a great defensive team will top a great offensive team. Seahawks did against the Broncos two years ago, and the Denver Broncos did it against a top three offense in Carolina. The Golden State Warriors won not only by being the number one offense but by having the number one defense as well. This past Saturday proved that statement again as the Millersville Marauders and their number one defense came out on top against the number one offense and first seeded, West Chester. The Marauders held West Chester to a season low 30 percent shooting.

“That’s why I’m a defensive minded coach. Pittsburgh Steeler mentally of defense winning championships,” Coach Mary Fleig said, on Monday, after the win against West Chester. “We had a tremendous crowd. They propelled us to that victory and [West Chester] have that down there so it was nice to have home court advantage.”

The Marauders’ this season are 11-2 at home with their last home loss coming against Shippensburg well over a month ago. They’ve won their last six home games.

The biggest key to victory was due to their senior big three: Yasmin Cooper, Shelby Reimer and Celeste Robinson combining for 55 of their 79 points.

“I thought Yasmin Cooper played the best games of her career. We did a good job feeding her the ball,” Fleig said. “The guards got to rim which open up shots on the outside.”

The playoffs are coming up and Millersville is locked on the three seed. The Marauders could be the most dangerous team heading into the postseason riding an eight game win streak. With an experienced group like these Marauders with six seniors. Fleig has a short and firm statement for how far this team can go: “As far as they want to go.”