Lady Ballaz win women’s final

BY KYLIE SEBERT | APRIL 08, 2010 7:30 AM

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No. 1 seeded Tune Squad looked liked the UConn Huskies for half of Wednesday’s intramural women’s championship game.

They only difference, though, was the lack of a comeback as an undefeated powerhouse.

Instead No. 7-seeded Lady Ballaz used 3-point shooting to take down Tune Squad, 67-46, in the Field House Wednesday night.

Led by junior Alicia Wright’s 30 points, the underdog Lady Ballaz took an early lead, then increased it throughout the contest.

“We came into the game with a lot of confidence tonight after how the last few games have gone,” Wright said. “I don’t think losing was an option. We have a lot of good shooters on our team and have been able to score high every game, but this was our highest scoring game of the season.”

Though it appears to have been total domination by Lady Ballaz, Tune Squad won the tip off and led in the first four minutes, 8-2.

But the promising start fell quickly following consecutive Lady Ballaz 3-pointers by juniors Megan Ficho and Wright. Despite good defense by Tune Squad, Lady Ballaz’s shots kept falling, and at the half, the team held a 34-19 advantage.

Wright had accumulated 15 points, and junior McKensey Long had tallied 10 points.

In between halves, Tune Squad junior Hannah Noel said the Lady Ballaz made shots that her teammates were missing, and if their shooting improved, Tune Squad would be fine.

Backing that statement, Noel began the half with an aggressive drive down the court and a subsequent 3-pointer. She appeared to serve as the Tune Squad spark plug with two successful free throws.

Although Tune Squad’s shooting improved slightly — evident by Noel’s 14 points and 19 by freshman Laura Dean — the group couldn’t keep up with Wright’s consistent scoring for Lady Ballaz.

Treys continued to fall for both teams. In one stretch beginning with six minutes left in the contest, the two squads combined for seven-straight 3-pointers. The game finished out with eight players, four from each team, scoring 3s.

Ultimately, accuracy from behind the arc couldn’t keep Tune Squad in the game, and Lady Ballaz pulled off the 21-point upset.

“Unlike the other teams we have played, they had a great 3-point shot and could keep up with us,” Noel said. “Our shots weren’t falling, but we are a young team and will be back again next year.”

On the other side, Lady Ballaz players received their championship T-shirts and took photos with satisfied grins.

The team suffered only one loss during the season. Lady Ballaz lost its first game when the team had but five women playing.

UI junior Bri Gates said the group’s first season together was extremely successful, and she is looking forward to next season.

“We will definitely be back next year with the exact same team to defend our title,” she said.

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