By Arielle Gordon

Colorado College women’s basketball hosted their annual Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 23–24 in Reid Arena. The Tigers went 1–1, defeating St. Olaf College 91–71, but falling to No. 14 East Texas Baptist University 72–48. 

The Tigers started their season Nov. 3 against Colorado School of Mines and then  played three games against Occidental College, Whittier College, and University of La Verne in the Whittier Tournament in California. As of Nov. 30, they have a 3–3 record.

“We’ve been working to be an up-tempo, running team, and that showed in our win on Friday over St. Olaf College,” head coach Katherine Menendez said. “It was a total team effort as everyone played and everyone scored. On Saturday, we faced the No. 14 team in the nation, East Texas Baptist University, and set the pace for the game throughout the first three quarters.”

The Tigers have received contributions from each player so far this season. Forward McKenzee Gertz ’21 leads the team with 90 points, but each player has played in at least two games and has scored at least two points. 

Their play has lived up to Menendez’s hopes of seeing her team improve throughout the season. 

“My goal is that we make progress as a team each day — and we are absolutely doing that,” Menendez said. “In a more tangible sense, our goal is to make a statement in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference lay and to put ourselves in a position to win the conference tournament.”

The team has come a long way from their season opening 72–52 loss against Colorado School of Mines, winning two of three games at the Whittier Tournament and one game last weekend. Their first SCAC game is on Tuesday against 0–4 Johnson & Wales University. 

“We came into the season aggressive and very prepared to be able to be competitive in every game and get more wins in conference and pre-season games,” guard Casey Torbert ’19 said.

Last season, the Tigers finished 10–17 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. They are hoping to find increased success this season and are prepared for the tests that a long season brings. 

“The biggest challenge will be staying focused on the goal of making to the finals of the conference tournament by not being affected by mistakes made in learning and growing as a program,” Torbert said. “The mistakes are all part of the process but the end result of the tournament is what’s most important.”

Torbert and her teammates are looking forward to achieving their short term goal of starting SCAC play with a win, but they are also keeping the long season in perspective as they approach tournaments in the middle of the season. 

“In the immediate future, I’m looking forward to our trip to Washington to play Whitman College and Whitworth University in a tournament — both very challenging teams, and it’s always a fun trip for us,” Menendez said.

The Tigers will take on Johnson & Wales University in Reid Arena Dec. 4 before they head to Walla Walla, Wa., Dec. 7–8 for the Whitman Tournament.

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