By Nick Carson
KUTZTOWN, Pa – The KU women’s basketball team (0-2) lost to Glenville State (2-0) Saturday night by a final score of 111-78, to remain winless in the young 2013 season. With the loss, KU has been outscored 152-191 in the regular season, but all hope is clearly not lost on this Lady Bear team quite yet.
Scoring for the Lady Bears was led by forward Nicole Donahue (junior) and her 19 points. She was also 8-for-14 shooting, and had 11 rebounds. Not far behind Donahue was fellow junior, Junior guard Alyssa Bonenberger. She grabbed nine rebounds, and posted 15 points.
An impressive and promising Lady Bears was another freshman, Kelsey Watson, who led the team with 13 rebounds. Though she 3-for-16 in field goals, scoring six points, she was a key defensive player coming off the bench for KU.
A large problem for KU came from the foul line, where they shot just over 66%. Combined with their 3-point percentage of 28.6 on the night, shooting is has been an issue so far this season.
Bonenberger and Donahue, the two juniors on the team, seem ready to step into their roles as leaders on the team. Last season, Bonenberger started 28 games, and was third on the team with 285 points, averaging 10.2 per game. Donahue was sidelined with a season-ending-injury after eight short games last season, and she will be looking to make a comeback this season. In her eight games last season, she put up 60 points, for an average of 7.5 points per game.
The Lady Bears saw success last year, with a two-game push into the PSAC championships, due to their success in PSAC games. Last year KU was an impressive 13-9 in the conference in the regular season, and pulled out an impressive 83-72 win over the West Chester Golden Rams before falling to the Bloomsburg Huskies to end the season.
PSAC matchups start in two games this season, and the Lady Bears intend to continue their PSAC success this year. Head coach Janet Malouf has a relatively young team on her hands, with seven freshmen on the team, compared to just four juniors and no seniors on the roster this year.
The Lady Bears will see PSAC teams three times in their first 15 games, but then face a 13 game stand in the PSAC, leading all the way up to the final game of the season. Similar to this season, KU began the season with an early 66-67 loss to Goldey-Beacom College, so they will look to turn their season around as they have done before.
The Lady Bears’ next game is a 2 PM away matchup against the Philadelphia University Rams (1-0). The two teams haven’t seen each other since KU’s home 70-74 loss in the 2010-11 season.