Both the women and mens basketball teams lost to the University of Saint Francis this past Saturday. The men lost 84-76 to the 21st-ranked Cougars, while the women lost 65-41
In the women’s game, the Maple Leafs trailed by eight points after the first quarter and the gap only grey in the second.
In the second half, the Cougars finished with 17 points in each quarter. The Maple Leafs could not shrink the margin, as the Cougars remained consistent.
The Cougar guard, Savannah Buck, finished with a game high of 15 points. On the Maple Leaf side, TaNiece Chapman, a sophomore center, led the Maple Leafs with a near double-double of 13 points and 9 rebounds. Grayson Cockerham, a sophomore guard, also hit double figures as she finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
The Goshen College Maple Leafs shot 41% from the field and 38% from the three-point line. Forward Claire Rauck’s three for three shots from downtown were a highlight for the Maple Leafs.
Throughout the game, the Maple Leafs struggled to get to the free-throw line as they finished with five attempts. The Cougars, on the other hand, tripled the number of attempts with 15 and shot with 67% success from that line.
This game puts the Maple Leafs’ overall record at 8-16 and the Crossroads League record at 1-11.
The men’s game started with an impressive run from GC who found themselves on top 12-7. The Cougars responded almost immediately, going on a prolonged run to put themselves on top 38-23 after a barrage of threes.
After that, Tahj Curry, a junior, took over. Curry finished the first half with 24 points and brought the Maple Leafs back into the game. At the break, the Maple Leafs trailed by just four points with a score of 37-41.
During the second half, all the Maple Leafs but Curry struggled from an offensive standpoint. The Maple Leafs kept it close until about the halfway mark in the second half. Then the Cougars took over and pulled ahead.
Curry led all scorers with an impressive 41 points for a final score of 76-84. The loss put the Maple Leafs at 4-20 on the season and 0-12 in Crossroads League play.
Both teams now prepare to face Indiana Wesleyan on the road on Saturday. The women’s game tips-off at 1 p.m. with the men’s game following at 3 p.m.