Women’s basketball may have ended their season falling to Ripon, but their winning game against Grinnell helped the team secure their first winning season, as well as most wins in a season, since 1996-97.
It seems only fitting that a senior, Saundra Gavazzi, would lead the scoring against Grinnell, racking up 18 points and eight rebounds. She was followed by sophomore Hailey Leinart with 15 points, senior Jamie Blue with 11 points and nine boards and another 11 points added by senior Jasmine Binion.
The Prairie Fire made a comeback late in the first half to take the lead and, despite being outshot in the second half, held onto their win, solidifying a final score of 70-64. The Prairie Fire have won five of the last six matches versus Grinnell.
Women’s basketball ended their season with an overall record of 12-11 and 7-11 in conference. Having fallen to Ripon the following week, Gavazzi’s effort, as well as the team’s, is what made the difference between a losing season and a winning one. This is made more impressive by the fact that Gavazzi averages only 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds a game.
Women’s basketball continues their upward momentum in conference, though with many of their top scorers such as Gavazzi, Blue and Binion graduating, underclassmen such as Leinart will need to step up if the Prairie Fire want to continue their upward trend in upcoming seasons.