The Falcon women’s basketball team was defeated by the Xavier Musketeers 65-49 on Thursday morning, as the team is still looking for its first win on the road this season.
The Falcons started playing from behind in the first quarter as Xavier took an 11-8 lead after the Falcons scored the first 5 points of the game, but Xavier recovered to get the next 11 consecutive points. Junior guard Andrea Cecil led the team offensively with three points in the first quarter. However, the Falcons recovered in the second quarter with a 17-12 quarter to go up 25-23 at halftime, with sophomore center Angela Perry earning 6 points in the quarter. Perry scored 7 points in the first half of the game to lead the team, with Cecil not far behind with 6 points. However, it would be the only quarter of the game the Falcons would outscore Xavier and be in the lead at the end of.
“I thought we took a lot of steps forward in the first half today,” Falcons head coach Robyn Fralick said. “Our rebounding effort and our defending without fouling was much improved.”
The third quarter saw Xavier outshoot the team 20-10 to take a 45-33 lead, while the Falcons had Perry continuing to put up strong numbers offensively by getting 8 out of the 10 points the team scored in the quarter, followed by them pulling away further in the fourth quarter with a 22-14 advantage, grabbing the 65-49 victory. However, Perry added 4 more points to once again lead the offense in the quarter. Overall, Perry closed out the game with 19 total points, with Cecil getting 9 points in total and senior guard Sydney Lambert getting 7 points on the afternoon. The Falcons as a whole also had a strong game defensively with holding Xavier to just 65 points, the fewest the team has allowed in a loss since a Jan. 3 matchup against the Eastern Michigan Eagles which the team lost 54-52.
“We were right there in the second half,” Fralick said. “They made some timely shots, while we had some timely misses. We are looking forward to December and really getting a lot of time to practice and continue to grow.”
The team will next play on Saturday afternoon on the road against the Canisius Golden Griffins, before heading back home to face the Detroit Mercy Titans on Dec. 17.