GOSHEN, Ind.- The Goshen College Women's Basketball team hosted Oberlin College of Ohio on Saturday afternoon on the campus of Goshen College. The team struggled to find their footing on defense against the Yeowomen's offense, losing 84-74 after 40 minutes of tough play.
"We have continued to improve offensively as a unit, but it comes down to solving our problems both on defense and in the mental game. We can and will get better at both," said second-year head coach Stephanie Miller of her team.
Leading scorers for Goshen included freshman forward Jo'Mani Thomas with a career high 24 points. She hit 9-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free throw line and is now second on the team in scoring at 14.2 points per game.
Senior Sam Hawk had 13 points on the day, while other top scorers included senior Mary Hathaway with 11 points and sophomore forward Megan Strock with 10.
Miller was positive about her players saying that "Jomani Thomas has done an excellent job for us in the last week or so and is really showing some true explosive talent. We also are seeing some good strides from Megan Strock and Paige Davis in the last few games."
Goshen's defense couldn't slow Oberlin who hit 54% from the field and 11-of-26 (42%) from 3-point territory. Goshen converted on 23-of-56 (41%) field goal attempts, hitting 4-of-12 (33%) from long range. The Maple Leafs were able to grab 12 offensive rebounds, but still had a 37-31 disadvantage overall.
In hopes of improving their defense and coming out with the win, the Lady Leafs face Crossroads League opponent Taylor University in Goshen Tuesday evening. The team is now 0-5 as they head into their first conference game of the season.