Women’s basketball defeats Bentley, Amalbert sets milestone
Ben Martin – Sports Writer
Owls guard Zoe Amalbert, graduate student, cemented her name in the history books by scoring her 1.000th career point.
With just under five minutes left in the quarter, Amalbert rolls off of a back screen to the top of the key. She receives a pass from forward Renza Milner, sophomore. Amalbert dribbles twice to the right and shoots a three-point shot and makes it for her 1,000th career point.
“Honestly, I did not know until after I hit it and they announced it. It will be a funny memory because I actually had a bloody nose when they were announcing it,” Amalbert said.
Those point helped the Owls take the victory of the Bentley University Falcons 63-55, giving the Owls their first home victory over the Falcons since Jan. 10, 2015.
After Amalbert’s 1,000th point, the first half of play proved to be an even matchup between the two as the Owls went into halftime with a one-point lead over the Falcons 27-26.
In the second half, the Owls would widen the lead taking a four-point into the fourth quarter and eventually winning the game by eight.
“It’s just about being confident,” Owls head coach Kate Lynch said. “Don’t play scared to win, you have to go out there and take it if you want it.”
thought we did a good job executing against a great team Lynch said.
Coming into the game, the Falcons held a record of 12-7 which was what the Owls improved to by winning Saturday’s matchup, giving Lynch a birthday gift.
Amalbert said she thought the team executed well during the game and needs to keep doing so to win future matchups.
Amalbert added that the team needs to keep playing together and keep closing out close games.
Amalbert would finish the game with a team high 22 points making going six for 13 from the field and three for four from the three-point line.
Amalbert’s 1,000 point of the day would not be her only mark on the game. In the final 2:45 seconds, Amalbert proved to be much in the clutch, going to the free throw line three times and make seven out of eight free throws to seal the Owls victory.
“I just knew that we had to seal the game,” Amalbert said. “I knew that the free throws were going to do that, so I just focused and knocked them down.”
Although Amalbert lead the Owls scoring attack, a team needs more than one player to win a game. Amalbert’s back court running mate Isabella Santoro, graduate student, contributed 14 points and eight rebounds to the Owls offense. Along with the Owls back court, forward Katie Williamson, junior, added nine points, five assists and seven rebounds to help propel the Owls to victory.
“I just did what I had to do to get the team a win,” Williamson said.
Although the Owls were able to win against a team with a record of 12-7, there are still games left in the season. The Owls feature seven more games on their schedule, and after that a possible appearance in the Northeast 10 conference playoffs.
“We got to keep going, doing those things that we are good at” Lynch said. “In NE10 play it is always going to be close, it is always going to be to the end.”
Along with coach Lynch, Williamson believes had some inspiring words for the rest of the season.
“Just know that we are capable of doing anything that we put our minds to” Williamson said.