The women’s basketball team started February on a good note, as they beat the Colby-Sawyer Chargers on Thursday night in the Athletic Center. It was the Lasers’ eighth win in a row, as they continue to shatter the program record for consecutive wins.
The first quarter saw a slow start to the Lasers' offensive, while their defense kept the score close. An alarming 4-14 start from the field for the Lasers did not leave them reeling, as the team was able to gain some momentum by making play after play toward the end of the quarter.
Hustle was never the issue, as the Lasers had plenty of steals and crashed the glass with extreme efficiency. Rebounds continued to be a priority throughout the game for the Lasers, with the result being a limit on the Chargers’ second-chance points. Additionally, the Lasers imposed their will in the waning moments of the second quarter, sprinkling a few threes in for good measure. While the team did have a few defensive breakdowns near the perimeter that the Chargers gladly took advantage of, the Lasers were able to play sharper basketball after the half, with the score 44-33 in favor of Lasell.
Neither team wavered throughout the second half, whether that be the players on the floor or coaches on the sideline. The opposition had their work cut out for them as it seemed the Lasers’ chemistry and passion for the game were beginning to take over. The team’s bench celebrated every tough bucket and cheered even louder as sophomore guard Shirle Major corralled six total steals.
The Lasers played with extreme poise, and their offensive success grew as the game went on. Great passing and teamwork helped open the lanes for layups and plenty of mid-range buckets. Midway through the fourth, frustration was beginning to mount on the visitor’s sideline. What started as a 10-point lead for the Chargers ended in an 81-64 victory for the Lasers. Lasell’s coaching staff put the team in the best position to succeed, which ultimately helped them win the game and improve to 14-6 on the season.