Pfohl powers Owls past College of Saint Rose
Matt Gad—Sports Writer
Senior guard Amanda Pfohl brought the offense Saturday at Moore Field House. Pfohl droped a career-best 28 points on 10-15 shooting, including 6-10 from three-point range. The Owls were able to put a four-game losing streak to bed in an 80-55 demolishing of the Saint Rose Golden Knights.
“It was definitely important to win,” Pfohl said. “I don’t like to miss two shots in a row, I don’t like to lose two games in a row so the mentality going into this game was ‘we are not losing’ and we talked about it with coach before the game that we were almost going to think of it as a new season.”
And that reasoning for a so-called new season is due to the fact that coming into the game against the Golden Knights, the last four games were not so pretty. It began with a 69-56 loss to Bentley Jan. 26 and continued with less-thanideal performances versus Assumption College, Saint Michael’s, and the Feb. 6 contest at the University of New Haven.
“It is playoff season at this point and we have sort of approached it that we have a five-game season left ahead of us and we can put ourselves in a position where we can be in a good spot for playoffs,” coach Kate Lynch said. “We have kind of re-adjusted and said ‘hey, whatever happened before this does not matter and let us attack these last five games one game at a time and 40 minutes at a time.”
The Owls are currently 13-11 overall and 7-9 in the Northeast 10 conference, tied with rival University of New Haven for fifth place in the Southwest division. Despite losing to the Chargers recently, they both hold the same conference record.
“We kept the intensity for most of the game,” Lynch said. “We did not shoot well with New Haven but were able to recommit [today]. I am glad we came today and gave that effort for 40 minutes.”
In addition to Pfohl’s achievement, Kiana Steinauer scored 24 points and picked up 16 rebounds while Imani Wheeler took home 18 points, five rebounds and four steals.
“I just try to do whatever I can as a captain and as a senior to get the team to win,” said Pfohl. “When I am hitting shots things are going great but whatever I need to do to get the team to win, I am down to do it.
The team will have more challenges ahead, with the final games of the regular-season being against American International, tied for second in the division, Le Moyne, the first-place team in the Southwest, Adelphi and Pace.
“We just want to finish the season out strong,” Imani Wheeler said. “It is time to go big or go home. Each game counts and we just take it one at a time.”
While Wheeler did pick up 18 points, she said her focus is not just about what the statistics say at the end of the game.
“It is important to not only get points and keep the team together but to make sure each possession counts,” she said.
By the late stages of the fourth quarter, the Owls held their largest lead of the afternoon, a 27-point advantage. They were also able to capitalize off 24 points from Saint Rose turnovers, 15 from second-chance opportunities and 14 from down in the paint and low post.
“We have low numbers this year but we are definitely pretty good about spreading out the scoreboard and the stat sheet,” Pfohl said. “We all really work hard together, we work well together and it is a team effort every game to get a good win.”
Photo Credit: William Aliou