Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The women’s basketball team dropped to 8-12 when they were dealt a tough 67-24 conference loss to Suffolk University on February 2. Despite the loss, the Lasers are still in the playoff hunt due to a much improved season.
A year removed from a 4-21 season, the women’s basketball team has already doubled their win total with six games left in the season.
Of the five games remaining, three are against conference opponents. These match-ups are the games the Lasers are focused on to reach the playoffs for the first time under Head Coach Carla Flaherty.
“We need to work hard, every practice, every day,” said senior captain Kim Archibald. “We need to take care of business against the weaker teams and get some wins against the tougher opponents.”
“Playoffs [are] totally do-able, we just need to go out and execute. Defensively we’ve been fine not giving up too many points, but offensively we need to cut down on the turnovers,” said Flaherty. “If we refocus, we can do it. We need to hate losing and be mentally tougher to close out the close games.”
With only one senior and one junior the team is comprised almost entirely of sophomores and freshmen. Despite the youth, nobody is using it as an excuse.
“We have the pieces to succeed, this team just needs to come together and work smarter and communicate more effectively,” said Flaherty. “When we’re disciplined and execute, we get some nice play. We just need to do better handling pressure because we’re going to be in close games.”
“There’s no margin for error left, we need to play solid basketball. We can’t turn over the basketball and expect to win. We need to focus on the fundamentals and not give our opponents the opportunity to beat us,” said Flaherty.
Archibald is glad that her final season has turned in more wins than any of her past seasons. “This season has been much more positive because of the success. Basketball shaped my entire time at Lasell, all of my best friends have come from the team. One of my goals entering the season was to make playoffs so it’s good to be in with a fighting chance this late in the season,” said Archibald. “No matter the outcome of the season, it’s great that the program is improving and I’m sad to leave as it’s starting to take off.”
Flaherty echoed Archibald’s sentiments about the youth of the team.
“Being young isn’t an excuse. If anything, it’s exciting that we’re so young because we have so much potential for growth,” said Flaherty.
The women’s basketball team closes out the season with home games on February 7 vs. Keene State and Anna Maria on February 9.