The Benedictine women’s basketball continues to stumble with late season struggles.
The Ravens lost to Peru State 67-61 at home Wednesday night with practically their entire post attack out due to injury or illness.
Junior forward Kayla Staley, sophomore forward Natalie Smaron and freshman forward Ali Brzozowski were all absent for the game.
The three have combined for 640 points and 459 rebounds on the season.
Senior guard Zeynep Canbez also missed the game with illness and junior forward Rachael Baumgartner and junior guard LaRanda Thomas were also dealing with illness despite playing.
“It’s a big challenge when you’re missing your whole inside game,” coach Chad Folsom said. “LaRanda was also sick and she didn’t have a back up point guard with Zeynep being out sick.”
Four players who haven’t seen many minutes all year logged in at least eight minutes in the game including senior manger Rachelle Regli who had 10 minutes and three points.
Folsom said you’ve got to just gut out difficult situations like this.
“You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and just play,” Folsom said. “It took us a little while and we weren’t too sharp in the first quarter but in the second half they fought and played a little bit better.”
Freshman forward Skylar Washington led Benedictine (18-11, Heart 13-10) in scoring with 19 points on the night and Rylee Neill was second with 17.
Washington said that Staley was heavily missed not only with her skills on the court she brings but also with her leadership.
“I thought it was pretty tough with Kayla who is one of our captions being out,” Washington said. “She usually brings us all together so that was pretty tough.”
Folsom said that virtually all of their offense had to come from outside as opposed to their usually heavy inside attack.
“Tonight we had to score outside and didn’t have much a presence inside,” Folsom said. “Second half I for sure thought we got some good looks but just didn’t knock them down all the time.”