Clark Women’s Basketball fought hard against the 12-9 (9-4 in conference) Coast Guard. The Cougars trailed by only one after the first half, but Coast Guard outscored them 27-2 in the third quarter on the way to a 75-61 win. “The whole first half we proved that we could play with them,” wrote Gwyneth Ivory (‘17), but “they were ready for us in the 3rd and when we didn’t show up they were able to take the game away from us.” Ivory wrote she did not think either team did anything different schematically in the second half, but “they came out and played with the same intensity as the first half and we came out flat.”
Even though the loss stung, Ivory was happy with the way the team responded in the second half. “We had a good fourth quarter cutting the lead from about thirty to 12, so our team has definitely made progress,” Ivory wrote. “Last year if that happened to us we would have just given up and maybe lost by fifty.” Ivory also wrote that effort like that gives hope for the team going into next year. The team will wrap up its season with an away game against Smith College on Saturday Feb. 20.
The tough season for Clark Men’s Basketball continued this week as they dropped their game to Babson 80-56 on Saturday. The team had a few “mental lapses” early, according to Corey Gomes (‘16), which allowed Babson to get going. “When a team like Babson gets going it makes things especially difficult for the defense to get stops,” Gomes wrote. He added that he hopes the team can take a few steps back and figure out what went wrong, primarily in terms of communication. “If everyone’s not on the same page as one another, mistakes are going to happen more frequently,” Gomes wrote. “As long as everyone continues to talk to each other and communicate, then we can limit mistakes and be better overall.”
On Wednesday, the Cougars played Springfield down to the wire only to end up losing by a few points. Turnovers and missed shots plagued the team at the end of the fourth quarter. This overall result is not new news for the team, as they have been pushing virtually every team they play to the brink, but coming up short much more than they would like to.
The good news for the men’s team moving forward is the young players on the team have shown signs of improvement. Gomes wrote that he has seen improvement from everyone on the team, and wrote that he “can’t wait to see what this group of guys are able to accomplish” next year. The team will wrap up its season with a game on Saturday Feb. 20 against WPI in the Kneller.