Recap: 2nd Qtr. Struggles Continue In Loss To Cumberland

Recap: 2nd Qtr. Struggles Continue In Loss To Cumberland

BLUE BELL, Pa. - The second quarter has not been kind to the women's basketball team through the first two games. Unfortunately, that trend continued Saturday as the Mustangs were outscored by 19 in the period en route to a 74-40 loss to Cumberland County College in Region XIX action.

Montgomery remains winless on the season following its trio of games against the GSAC teams to start the season.

The Mustangs were within five points of the Dukes at 18-13 following the first quarter. However, the visitors posted 29 second-quarter points compared to 10 by Montgomery and went on to outscore the home team 15-9 and 12-8 over the final two quarters in coasting to the victory.

"It's frustrating," Head Women's Basketball Coach Francine Roseman said of her team's second-quarter struggles. "Teams have just taken it to us and we haven't had an answer."

On a brighter note, the team continues to get consistent play from Jessica Spano. The first-year forward scored in double figures for a third straight game, leading the Mustangs with 16 points and adding 8 rebounds.

Guard Linda Sobeck racked up 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals, while Hiba Elrhanjaoui made her presence felt around the glass with a team-high 13 rebounds to go along with 6 points.

As a team, the Mustangs' shooting struggles continued as they converted on just 16 of 70 shots from the field (22.9%) compared to Cumberland's 42 percent.

"As I've said since the season started, we're a young team," Roseman said. "But we can't continue to dig ourselves huge holes in the first half of games.

The next test is Tuesday night at 6 pm at Lehigh Carbon Community College. It's the first of three EPAC contests within a 10-day span. Montgomery plays at Harrisburg Area Community College on Nov. 14 before returning home to face Northampton Community College on Nov. 17.

- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director