The women’s basketball team, which last season reached the championship game of the Summit League Championship, this time was knocked out in the first round with a 59-47 loss Saturday to second-seeded IUPUI at Sioux Falls, S.D.
This marked the Roos’ third loss this season to the Jaguars and their farewell appearance in the Summit League before starting play in the Western Athletic Conference next season. Kansas City, the tournament’s seventh seed, also lost this season to IUPUI 47-46 at Indianapolis and 47-33 at home.
“It was a hard game, this is a team whose style is dramatically different from us, which made it harder for us” said Coach Marsha Frese. “They are a great team, they like to get to the basket and run as much as they can.”
Before the tournament quarterfinal, the Roos were hoping to turn the tables on the Jaguars.
“It’s hard to beat a team three times in a row,” senior Emile Blakesley had said.
That proved not so difficult for the Jaguars, and the Roos finished 9-21, including 5-11 in the conference season. Yet, Blakesley focused on the season’s positives.
“Even though we went through tough times during the season, we always gave everything we could on the court,” she said. “I want to thank everyone who believed in us.”
Frese, ending her first season in charge of the team, said, “It was a learning experience for everyone, including myself. There were many injuries and some girls playing in different positions, which made it hard for them, but they grew a lot as Division One players.”
Junior guard Eilise O’Connor had an unforgettable season, which included her 1,000th career point. Last week O’Connor was named First Team All-Summit League as voted by coaches, sports information directors and media.
O’Connor ranked second in scoring in Summit League games with 18.0 points per game, and was a three-time Player of The Week.
“They’re all nice career accomplishments” she said. “But I could not have done it without my teammates and coach.”