After leading by only five at the half, the Lions feasted on their opponents on the road, tallying a 20-9 run in the second half to finish off the Sea Gulls 70-52.
The big story was the absence of senior center Hillary Klimowicz, as she was injured and unable to play during the contest. Still, the Lions rolled past the Sea Gulls with ease.
Picking up the slack for the star senior center, junior center Alex Gregorek scored 22 points on 10-14 shooting. Her teammates recognized her quality leadership.
“She did an awesome job stepping up when the team needed her most,” junior point guard Karen Lassoni said.
When asked about filling in for Klimowicz, Gregorek made her feelings known.
“No one can fill in for Hillary any more than anyone can fill in for me or anyone else on our team,” Gregorek said. “We are a unit.”
Sophomore forward Kelsey Kutch also helped carry the load with her 21 points on 7-12 shooting. She also pulled down eight boards.
Overall, the Lions shot 49.1 percent from the floor against the 0-4 Sea Gulls. Despite their record, the Lions did not take this game for granted.
“They played us in a close game, and in college basketball at any division, no team should be taken lightly,” Lassoni said.
Lassoni was in a giving mood just days before Thanksgiving as she dished out a season-high seven assists. Her role on the team is much more prevalent this season, as she now starts.
“I am definitely trying to be more like a second coach on the floor because the point guard needs to be in control,” Lassoni said. “Leading by example is difficult, but it’s a role I am determined to work on the rest of the season.”
The Lions improve to 3-1 and are confident they can keep winning at the high level at which they are playing.