Women's hoops: Fans get first look

Women's basketball fans got their first peek at the 2003-2004 edition of the Commodores on Sunday afternoon, when the fans were invited to the second annual Black and Gold Scimmage in Memorial Gym. Whitney D. was there, and files this report.

Women's basketball fans got their first peek at the 2003-2004 edition of the Commodores on Sunday afternoon, when the fans were invited to the second annual Black and Gold Scimmage in Memorial Gym.

The team played a total of 28 minutes, divided into four quarters. For two of the quarters, the team scrimmaged against male practice players, and in one of the quarters, the returning players squared off against the freshmen. All players participated, except for junior Ashley Earley and freshman Caroline Williams who were held out with minor injuries.

Across the four quarters, junior guard Abi Ramsey led all scorers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior post Jenni Benningfield and freshman guard Cherish Stringfield each scored 8 points. Freshman post Carla Thomas was leading rebounder with seven boards, while freshman guard Dee Davis led the team in steals with four.

"We had spurts where good things happened that made us excited for the future and then we also had some lulls where we made mental mistakes and turned the ball over," Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "The effort was there. We had people diving for loose balls and drawing charges. It was very competitive."

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When the team was scrimmaging against the male practice players, the starting lineup consisted of 5-7 freshman point guard Dee Davis, junior guard Abi Ramsey, senior guard Hillary Hager, senior post Jenni Benningfield, and 6'3 freshmen post Carla Thomas.

"We have a very competitive team," Balcomb said. "There is so much competition and effort at each position. It will make us better as the season progresses."

The next opportunity to see the team in action will be in a little over two weeks when Mike White's All-Stars come to Memorial Gym for an exhibition game on Tuesday, November 11. After a second exhibition game on November 17 against Athletes in Action, the regular season will begin on November 21 at the Banknorth Classic at the University of Vermont.

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