By Seth Morin
The women’s basketball team has continued its winning season in the hopes of it not coming to an end soon.
The HCAC women’s basketball tournament begins tonight with Franklin taking on Rose-Hulman – a team they’ve defeated twice this season, 41-36 last week and 56-53 earlier in the season.
Last year, the team advanced to the semifinal of the conference championship before losing to Hanover 92-83.
But the road to the tournament was not easy.
Going into the final three games, the Grizzlies had a 9-6 conference record and were 11-10 overall – on the verge of not making the tournament.
With the three wins to close out the regular season, the Grizzlies are feeling great about their chances in the tournament.
“We have had our ups and downs, but, for the most part, we have put on a strong front against all of the teams we have faced,” said sophomore guard Lauren DeSutter, who has started in all 24 games this season, one of only three players to do so.
DeSutter leads the team with an average of 10 points per game and 241 total points scored so far in the season. She also leads the team with 35 steals.
“One area of improvement for our team is being able to push the ball better in transition and being able to get some of those easy baskets,” DeSutter said.
But even the need for improvement in some areas has not affected the team’s mindset.
“Our team has great chemistry on and off the court, which in the end, helps our play,” DeSutter added.
DeSutter said that it has been a great season but does not want it to end. She said she wants to help end the season on a high note for the three seniors – Nichole Thompson, Brittany Elliott and Lindsey Dall.
If Franklin defeats Rose-Hulman yet again, they will advance to play regular season conference runner-up Hanover – a team they beat 69-63 in December but lost to in early February 61-54.
The Grizzlies will take on the Fighting Engineers at 8 p.m. at Transylvania University.