From hot start to heartbreak

Consecutive last-minute losses follow win streak


Following their home opener victory against St. Vincent, the Yellow Jackets traveled to Wooster to face Hanover College and Wooster in the Nan Nichols Classic. The women beat Hanover with a score of 87-77.
On the ensuing day, they came out with a commanding 35-point victory over the tournament hosts, Wooster. That win gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 start to the season.
After winning the Nans Nichols Classic, two BW players were awarded for their performances on the court. Junior All-OAC guard Hannah Fecht and senior Katie Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team with Fecht being named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Fecht nearly averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over the two game span. She did manage to record her first double-double of the season against Hanover.
Smith averaged 15.5 points per game and shot 11-of-19 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from the three-point line.
On Sunday, Nov. 26, the Yellow Jackets returned home for a matchup against Oberlin College. While the end result showed a one-point loss for BW, there is more to the story.
The Yellow Jackets headed into the fourth quarter with a 39-26 lead after dominating in the second and third quarters. Unfortunately, they struggled to find the net in that fourth quarter. They shot 2-10 from the field and 1-5 from the three-point line.
The women ended up being outscored 20-6 in the fourth and losing a one-point heartbreaker, 46-45. Oberlin netted a last-second shot to seal the Yellow Jackets’ fate. Fecht led the team in points with 10 and posted her second double-double of the season. Sophomore Kasey Hughes notched eight points in the loss.
Following the close loss to Oberlin, the Yellow Jackets returned to Ursprung Gymnasium for a conference matchup against Heidelberg. The OAC opener was a repeat of sorts, with the women losing by two points, 58-56.
The Yellow Jackets will head into December with key back-to-back conference contests. They will face Marietta, who is currently at the top of the conference and undefeated at 4-0 (check scores), at home on Saturday Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. Alongside the men’s team, the women will travel to Muskingum to participate in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Dec. 9, inside of Anne C. Steele Center. Monday, Dec. 11, the women will return home for a non-conference matchup with Case Western.