Elon women’s basketball team makes history winning conference title

By Ginna Royalty

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The women’s basketball team after their title win. Photo credits to Elon University

The women’s basketball played a hard-fought and well-earned game on Wednesday, winning the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association regular season title. The Phoenix played UNCW and had an 82-48 victory.

“There was an energy in alumni gym last night that stood out to me,” said Tyson Glover, senior. “It was a feeling of anticipation, a championship feeling that Elon should start to get used to. Last night felt like we were all in this together!”

Fans were rowdier than ever cheering on the women’s team. “Everyone was really excited for the girls,” said Gabby Paspa. “The student section has definitely been more prominent this season, they’ve gotten everyone pumped up for both men and women’s games.”

This was a big win for Elon and women’s basketball, it is the first time they have won an NCAA Division I title since moving to the Division I ranks. The team will play in the 2017 CAA Women’s Basketball Championship March 8-11 and will have the top overall seed.

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Tyson Glover and fellow students cheering for the women’s team. Photo credit to Elon News Network

“It was a well-put together game on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively,” said Elon head coach Charlotte Smith. “We started out really keying in on what we wanted to with getting the ball inside and I feel like we did a really good job of that. It was just a well-played game on both ends of the floor and it feels amazing to be CAA regular season champions.”

Lauren Brown scored a game-high 25 points with Jenifer Rhodes coming in closely behind her with 21 points. Elon led the game for all but 21 seconds of the game and had a 20-point lead with 7 minutes left in the third period.

The Phoenix finished the regular season 24-6, with a 16-2 record in league play. Elon will have a first-round bye in the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship, playing the winner of eight-seeded Towson and ninth-seeded Hofstra.

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