December 01, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Moravian Women’s basketball team has been on quite a roll, and last night the team put a slow start behind them to win their 5th straight game of the season. The team had to do it without their leading scorer, Camille McPherson, and that is something Head Coach Mary Beth Spirk felt the squad had to get accustomed to in the first half. “We were looking for her, and she wasn’t there.” The team didn’t realize McPherson would be out until yesterday afternoon, which forced them to take the court without preparation. But, the Greyhounds looked like a different team in the final twenty minutes. The win was a team effort for sure, as three different players finished in double figures with nine others contributing.
After a deep three at the buzzer by Wilkes cut the Greyhounds lead down to 6, it was unknown who would have the momentum out of the gates in the second half. But as soon as the whistle blew it was evident Moravian was no longer messing around. Sophomore Nadine Ewald scored just seconds in off of the inbounds pass and Maddie Capuano took advantage of one of 27 turnovers driving to the hole, and drawing the foul. The Greyhounds scored 5 points in 30 seconds and went on to outscore the Colonels 28-9 in the third. This allowed Spirk to get her bench some playing time in the fourth, “…it was nice to get all 16 players in the game with quality minutes.” The Mules went on to win 80-57.
The team now has to shift their focus to Saturday, when they travel to Elizabethtown in the first conference game of the season. It would be a huge win, said Spirk, as the team will not have another Landmark game until January 6. Elizabethtown was picked 4th in the preseason poll, and while the Greyhounds were picked tied for first, the win won’t be a given. A road game is never easy, especially when the team is unsure McPherson will be able to play.