The women’s basketball team has begun a brand new season this week and they are starting it off right. The first game resulted in a 77-49 win against Waldorf College.
The Raiders started the game off with a 10-0 lead and continued playing hard, ending the first half 43-20. The team continued stong play through the second half and acquired 34 additional points.
Junior Becca Hurley led the team in points with 22, followed by freshman Kendra De Jong with 16. Sophomore Jessica Wedel added in her three-point shooting.
As a team, Northwestern had 64 rebounds, outnumbering Waldorf’s forty. Although it is only the first game of the season, Head Coach Earl Woudstra has already begun pushing the team to their potential while making sure to “honor God throughout the season.”
NW’s main concerns are defense and rebounding, which consume most of their practice time. Woudstra believes that by making these two things a priority throughout the season, the team has a chance to compete for a conference championship and possibly return to the national tournament.
The women have been working together off the court as well, and not only in the weight room. In addition to a retreat, the team has invested in a service project.
The Raiders will hope to continue on their success on Friday, Nov. 6, at Jamestown. The game begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m., at Valley City.