S #6 by Taylor Caldwell

By Taylor Caldwell

Loyola women’s basketball team’s recent 79-60 loss to University of Maryland has continued their rocky start to the season.  The Hounds, who made it to the Patriot League Championship final last year, hope to improve their current record from (4-6).

The women have competed against tough opponents, facing losses against Cornell, Fairfield, Pittsburgh, Columbia, Delaware and Maryland.  Even though they have a losing record, the women have also been victorious against Lipscomb, St. Francis Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary’s and UMBC.

Avid fan and student, Sabrina Tabasso explained how important Junior Bri-Betz White has been for the team in her leadership and contribution. “She is the smallest player on the

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Junior, Bri Betz-White

team, but she never gives up – she always gives the reason for the team to stay motivated,” she said.  “Bri has incredible ball handling skills and drive, which is what allows her to shift through tough defenses so easily.”

Betz-White who has been the high scorer for Loyola in half of their games thus far, also was the only Loyola player named to the five-member Preseason All-Patriot League Team.  Seniors Lisa Mirarchi and Lauren Daugherty are also key leaders on the team.  Mirarchi currently leads the team in steals, while Daugherty leads in both blocked shots and defensive rebounds.

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Senior, Lisa Mirarchi

The team recently added five Freshman to the roster and Tabasso explained how impactful they have been even though it is sometimes difficult establish and identify on a team.  “The team has a strong foundation and I believe if the freshmen continue to improve it will lead them to a Patriot League Championship again,” she said.

Freshmen, Alexis Gray and Stephanie Karcz have already begun to show how they can improve the momentum of the team.  Gray currently leads the team in 3-point field goals made, while Karcz leads in total rebounds, rebound average and offensive rebounds.

The women will continue their journey towards a Patriot League Championship on Friday, Dec. 23 against George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center at 12:00p.m.

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