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Women’s basketball ends 2011-12 season at home

First-year guards Gabrielle West (bottom left) and Chandler Caufield (No. 25) are the future for the Tartans basketball team. (credit: Kate Groschner/) First-year guards Gabrielle West (bottom left) and Chandler Caufield (No. 25) are the future for the Tartans basketball team. (credit: Kate Groschner/) First-year guard Aspen McKeever playing full-court defense against Case Western Reserve University. (credit: Kate Groschner/) First-year guard Aspen McKeever playing full-court defense against Case Western Reserve University. (credit: Kate Groschner/)

On Saturday afternoon, the women’s basketball team closed out the season with a 57–43 loss at home to the Case Western Reserve University Spartans.

Early on, the game appeared to be evenly matched, as both teams struggled to get in rhythm on the offensive end. Only 30 points were scored between the two teams in the first 10 minutes of the game.

The Spartans shifted momentum in their favor with 4:34 left to play in the first half. They went on a 13–3 run, building up a 10-point halftime lead that they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game.

The Spartans’ defense was able to clog up the paint and prevented the Tartans from finding much success close to the basket. This made for a difficult afternoon for junior forward Emily Peel, the Tartans’ leading scorer and three-time UAA player of the week, who shot just 2–5 from the field.

Despite being forced to settle for shots from long range, the three-point line was kind to the Tartans, as four players combined for eight of 17 from three-point range. However, that was not enough to overpower the Spartans, whose offense controlled the tempo of the game in the second half.

First-year guard Gabrielle West was the only Tartan to score in the double figures with 10 points. Senior forward Jennifer Larsen finished the game with seven points and nine rebounds. The Tartans ended the season with an overall record of 9–16 (3–11 UAA).

For Larsen and fellow senior, guard Alex Hansen, the game not only brought an end to the 2012 season, but it also culminated two memorable collegiate careers. Even though the team couldn’t pick up the victory, playing their last game on their home court meant a great deal to Larsen and Hansen.

“It was really nice to end the season at home in front of a great crowd,” Hansen said. “Many players don’t get a chance to end their careers that way.”

Larsen’s scoring and Hansen’s leadership will both be missed. Larsen averaged 7.5 points per game this season and Hansen averaged 5.7 points per game in the 2009–10 season.
“Being able to play basketball with Jen and Alex over the past three seasons has been great, but it has been even better to have been able to build such great friendships with both of them,” Peel said. “Both on and off the court they are the hardest, most dedicated workers I have seen and they have been awesome leaders for this team.”
That camaraderie is what Hansen wishes did not have to come to an end.

“I think what I’ll miss the most is just being part of a team,” Hansen said. “Our team is really close and it will be tough to get used to not having that extended family to fall back on.”