Fans gathered in the Frank E. Gannett Memorial Field House to watch the Phoenix play in the last basketball game of the season on Sun, Feb. 17 against SUNY IT. The team was coming off of a win against Penn State Harrisburg on Fri, Feb. 15. The game Friday night came down to the wire, and fans were eager to see a repeat on Sunday.
Phoenix Starts Strong
The Phoenix started off strong, pushing their opponent right away. Tara Fields ’13 and Vanessa Whitfield ’14 both led the charge, with the team picking up the early lead due to shots from both players. The team led most of the first half and by the end they led 42-34.
“These ladies give 100% every game,” said Head Coach Angie Grove ’00. “They put their hearts and souls into every game, no matter what the outcome may be.”
The team came out for the second half with the same fire they began the game with. Samantha Baker ’13 and Monica Lyons ’13 played alongside Fields and Whitfield to lead the team. Heatherones ’14 scored one three-point shot, which helped keep the Phoenix in the lead. After a long battle in the second half, the Phoenix lost with a score of 83-76. There was a lot of tension in the stands, however the fans cheered their team on until the very end. The team played well and the close score proves it. “The girls played hard and it shows,” Grove said.
Graduating Seniors Will Be Missed
She also spoke about the three seniors who will leave team: Lyons, Baker and Fields. Lyons is a two-year member of the team who according to Grove was “bugged” to play during her soccer season in her junior year. Since last season, Lyons has doubled both her points scored and her minutes played this season. “Monica always has a smile on her face, no matter what,” said Grove. Baker is a first year player and a member of the Women with Children program. Grove said, “Sam is a great kid and an awesome mom.” She states that Baker is always positive and puts forth effort at practice and at games. Baker’s favorite part of the game is defense, but she did score 20 points during the season. “Tara Fields is the heart and soul of this team,” said Grove. “She gets pounded and then gets right back up.” Fields has proven who she is here by playing for the team. Throughout her time on the team, Fields scored 1418 points. She played over 3,000 minutes and last season reached her 1,000 points mark.
Whitfield Beats the 1,000 Point Mark
During the game Whitfield also beat the 1,000 point mark, ending the season with a total of 1,004 points. Grove wishes to thank the fans for coming out to support the team at every game.