By Michael Peters
The top-seeded Victoria College Lady Pirates defeated the University of the Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals 60-47 April 6 in McDermott Convocation Center at Incarnate Word to advance to the championship game of the Texas Collegiate Club Sports League tournament.
Early on, it looked like business as usual for the Lady Pirates as they started the game on an 8-2 run.
The Lady Cardinals, though, showed they were going to put up a bigger fight than expected as they responded with an 8-2 run of their own to tie the game almost halfway through the first half.
Led by engineering management freshman Zoie Cuellar, the Lady Cardinals took the lead late in the first half at 24-23.
The lead, however, was short lived as the Lady Pirates scored on their last possession to reach halftime up 25-24.
The Lady Pirates came out of the gates firing in the second half and scored the first 7 points to take a 32-24 lead.
Over the next 2:10, the Lady Cardinals would score 9 unanswered points to take a 33-32 lead.
The Lady Cardinals and Lady Pirates traded buckets over the next few minutes, giving the Lady Pirates a 37-35 lead.
Paced by liberal arts freshman Adelaide Wenzel, the Lady Pirates would score 10 of the next 15 points to take a 47-40 lead with 4:04 left in the game.
The Lady Pirates would pull away further in the last few minutes, winning by a final score of 60-47.
Lady Pirates Coach Joshua Moore explained the slow start.
“We got nervous, had the jitters a little bit,” Moore said. “We’re a 3-point shooting team and we didn’t make a 3 until the second half.”
Moore looked ahead to the matchup with Southwest Texas Junior College for the championship.
“We won the first two games against them and lost the last one,” he said. “It might be a good thing we lost the last one because we won’t be overconfident.”