The Millersville University Women’s Basketball season concluded on Saturday, and quite frankly, it’s one the women would like to forget. Going a dismal 8-19 overall and a worse 5-17 in the PSAC, the Marauders certainly faced major struggles this season.
The issues were blatant on Saturday as Millersville took on Lock Haven and fell 74-60. Lock Haven came out and dropped 43 points alone in the first half on the Marauders defense alone.
Just over two minutes into the second quarter, Lock Haven took a commanding 20-point lead. In an effort to steady the offense, Millersville’s Lauren Lister and Olivia Mottern hit back to back threes, but their efforts proved mute as the Bald Eagles took the wind out of Millersville’s sails from the opening tip.
After the half, the Bald Eagles took their foot off the gas as Millersville started to heat up, but it was just too little too late. Going into the fourth, Millersville was still down by 14, and a huge fourth quarter had to be in the cards for the Marauders.
For a brief second it looked like it was, with the Marauders opening up the final quarter on a 6-0 run and cutting the lead to eight. However, the struggles that were so apparent in the beginning of the game resurfaced as Millersville gave up seven consecutive points, ultimately sealing their fate.
Lock Haven dominated the Marauders in every category in the season finale. The Bald Eagles outshot the Marauders with a .482% from the field compared to Millersville’s .333%. Lock Haven won the game on the glass out rebounding Millersville 52-23, while also shooting at a better clip from the charity stripe.
Though the bright spots of Millersville’s efforts in their season finale are few and far between there were some highlights to note. First, the team celebrated senior Courtney Dimoff as she played her final collegiate game. Second, junior Lauren Lister continued her tremendous and history making season dropping 24 points and playing a lengthy 40 minutes on the floor. On the season, Lister averaged 25.5 points, four assists, and six rebounds per game.
Lister has been the shining light on MU women’s basketball this season and will certainly be next year when she returns for her senior season. Her consistent poise and her ability to make the most happen while playing on a team that has struggled has kept her a powerhouse player in the PSAC and more importantly for the Marauders.
Millersville is a young team with only one senior leaving in Dimoff. With the team being as young as it is, it gives the Marauders and head coach Mary Fleig a chance to go into the offseason and revaluate themselves. Having a core group of young players build on repugnant seasons is usually what makes teams a lot better by the time the next season rolls around.
The Marauders didn’t have the season they’d like and definitely fell flat. With that being said, Lister and the young Marauder group will be hungry next season to come out and ultimately win that PSAC title. A lot of work needs to be done first but it is definitely achievable if the Marauders go into the offseason with the right mentality and don’t stay down on their luck.