The MCLA Trailblazers women’s basketball team experienced serious offensive woes as they were defeated 67-48 by the Worcester State Lancers in a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) showdown on Saturday, Feb. 3 in Worcester.
The ‘Blazers took the lead early in the first quarter after junior guard Mckenzie Robinson downed a three-pointer as the team’s first points of the game. From that point on, the ‘Blazers struggled to get anything going on offense for the rest of the half.
The ‘Blazers weren’t able to stop the Lancers on the other end either, as the Lancers went on a 9-0 run after Robinson’s three to quickly make the game 11-3 in favor of the Lancers.
Over the next 18 minutes of play until the half, the ‘Blazers shot just under 21 percent after Robinson made the first shot of the game. The ‘Blazers were only able to put up eight points in each of the first two quarters.
MCLA junior guard Samantha Gawron attempted to hold the weight on offense but couldn’t do it alone. Gawron matched her career high of 19 points on the night, while adding five rebounds.
Gawron saw a bit of support from junior guard Courtney Pingelski, as she was the only other ‘Blazer in double digits with 11 points, while adding four rebounds and one assist. Pingelski’s offensive help was too little, too late as she scored all her points in the second half of play.
Worcester was led by Kaitlyn Berkel’s team-best 12-point night, adding four rebounds and four assists to round out her night. The Lancers were rounded out by Brianna Hackett who notched 11 points while Britt Herring collected 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
The Lancers, now 12-10 on the year and 6-3 in the MASCAC, look to face off with Fitchburg State on Saturday, Feb. 10 in another conference match-up in Fitchburg.
The ‘Blazers, now 6-15 overall and 2-7 in the conference, look to face off with Fitchburg State today at 5:30 p.m in the Amsler Campus Center Gym in one of the final three conference games before the season ends.