WAYNESBURG, PA– After a strong showing on the road earlier in the season, the women’s basketball team (5-18, 4-10) was looking to upset PAC leaders St. Vincent (17-6, 13-1) during Saturday’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference matchup at the Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. However, St. Vincent’s Madison Kollar scored a career high 41 points to lead the Lady Bearcats to a 103-87 victory.
St. Vincent started off hot, sparring a 5-0 run to start the game. The Jackets quickly responded with a 5-0 run of their own with baskets from Brooke Fuller and Andrea Orlosky.
The Bearcats were quick to produce a high-powered offensive response. St. Vincent edged Waynesburg to take a 36-26 lead into the second quarter. It was a lead the Bearcats wouldn’t give it.
“Our team really has been focusing in practice on getting better every single day – taking it day by day and getting better,” Kollar said.
St. Vincent added to its lead, but Waynesburg’s defense held its scoring margin to three, one and two points at the conclusion at the end of the second, third and fourth quarters respectively.
Waynesburg head coach Sam Jones cited pointed to fundamental errors from his defense that led to it giving up more than 100 points.
“We didn’t box out well,” he said. “[St. Vincent] had 21 offensive rebounds – that really hurt us. A couple of times we did the work to get a good stop, but then we didn’t box out and had to start all over again, and they made us pay. They are a really, really good team.”
Along with defensive boards, Jones pointed to inopportune turnovers, which led to 23 points for the Bearcats.
“We had a lower number of turnovers, but they came at really bad times,” Jones said. “I thought the timing of our turnovers really hurt us.”
Offensively, Fuller led Waynesburg with 27 points, and was one rebound away from a double double. Fuller was followed by freshman forward Leighton Croft with 16 points. Orlosky and Kacey Kastroll Orlosky added 11 points each, with Orlosky pulling down five rebounds and Kastroll tallying five assists.
Although Jones concentrated on his team’s defensive effort, he applauded his team’s offensive effort as well.
“When you score 87 points, we did some decent things offensively, but we need to pay a little more attention to detail on the defensive end,” Jones said.
Along with Kollar’s career day, senior forward Jenna Lafko added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and junior guard Carlee Kilgus contributed five rebounds and five assists.
St. Vincent looks to extend its four-game win streak Wednesday evening in its second to last PAC matchup against the Geneva Golden Tornados while the Jackets are aiming to rebound that same night as they travel to Greenville to face the winless Thiel Tomcats. Tipoff is at 5:30.