Lady Cardinals Open Season with Loss at Home Against Ancilla College
Andrews University’s Cardinals women’s basketball team hosted the Ancilla College Chargers this past Wednesday, Nov. 2. The last meetup of these two teams, last season, resulted in a loss for the Cardinals.
“Going into the game against Ancilla, we expected that their size compared to our team would cause tremendous problems, but we also expected our girls to make the game tough for Ancilla by playing defense,” said Assistant Coach Junior Orelus.
But as the starting lineup was being called, two familiar names were missing from the public-address announcer’s introductions: forward Kia Williams (sophomore, speech-language pathology), who was benched due to a shin injury, and forward Zelnita Williams (freshman, pre-physical therapy), who was benched due to a knee injury (it should be noted that Kia and Zelnita are not relatives).
Kia, who suffered a stress reaction to her tibia, expressed her disappointment from the sidelines being unable to be there to help her team on the court.
“With my absence along with another one of our key players, our team was left short-handed, which then made it difficult to really compete with a team that seemed to have all of its pieces together,” Kia said.
Still, the Cardinals put up a tough fight for Ancilla but this only got harder when starting point guard Brianna Kittleson (sophomore, Explore Andrews) fouled out at the third quarter, playing a total of 15 minutes with six points. Guard Allison Walean (sophomore, pre-physical therapy) ended the game scoring the most for the Cardinals with 11 points and one assist. Guard Jourdan Chacon (junior, psychology) was the only other scorer for the Cardinals this game with a total of two points.
The three guards scored a total of 19 points for the Cardinals falling to Ancilla College in a 108-19 loss. Some fans were disappointed as this was the season opener and the first time watching the Cardinals.
Brian Kim (freshman, business administration, pre-medicine) expressed his thoughts about watching his first game.
“History was made...but for all the wrong reasons,” Kim said.
With another match-up against the Chargers at the end of this month on Nov. 30 at Ancilla College, the Cardinals are looking for a win as they take this game as an opportunity to improve their game.
“We need to work on stopping the fast break by getting back on defense. We were lacking the effort to stop the ball and we looked tired out there. More conditioning will be added to our practices in order to have energy to be able to keep up with our opponents,” Orelus said.
Though this was a tough start for the Cardinals women’s basketball team with their season opener loss and starting injuries, they still have the rest of the season ahead of them to bounce back. Kia is expected to return in three weeks and asked for fan support and encouragement as the team works on reaching their full potential.
Kia said, “A lot of people may not know that having fans to cheer for you especially on your home court plays a big role in the outcomes of our games. So I encourage everyone not to give up on us quite yet as we're working and getting better everyday. We need and would love to have your support and encouragement throughout the duration of our season to help us in obtaining all of our future successes."
Next home game for the Lady Cardinals will be on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. against Moody Bible Institute at Johnson Gym. Follow the @AUCardinals on Instagram and Twitter or “like” the Andrews University Athletics page on Facebook to keep updated about the AU Cardinals.