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‘Reset’ not an option


March 18, 2013
By Nate Foreman ( , The Altoona Mirror

HAMDEN, Conn. - There is no reset button in real life.

But chances are the St. Francis women's basketball team wanted to push it Sunday afternoon - several times.

Quinnipiac is just that good, and it showed.

There wasn't a thing the Bobcats did wrong as they claimed their first Northeast Conference championship with a 72-33 thumping of the Red Flash.

On the other hand, not a thing went right for St. Francis.

And with each shot that rattled out or was blocked, or every pass that sailed out of bounds or was intercepted, hope for a 12th title slipped further and further away.

Even leading scorer Alli Williams couldn't get going. She had a mere two points, her lowest total since the Flash got pounded at Duquesne earlier this season.

But the Quinnipiac defense was ridiculous and no one reached double figures.

Alexa Hayward was the closest with eight points, and three of those gave St. Francis its only lead of the game at 3-2.

At that point, the Red Flash were 1-for-1 from the floor.

But as a collective unit, they missed their next baker's dozen.

If any three or four of those 13 shots go in - there were a lot of open looks, too - the entire tone of the game changes. Maybe.

It was clear, though, that each team fed off of each possession.

The Bobcats couldn't miss. The Flash couldn't score.

Quinnipiac won a majority of the loose balls and rebounds. St. Francis looked confused and flustered.

It's just some days you've got it, and other days you don't.

The Red Flash had it on Wednesday, but they left in on the court at Sacred Heart.

The Bobcats had it all season - they are the only NEC team to reach the 30-win plateau - and they are going dancing.

I'll be the first to admit that I couldn't have done any better.

Usually the only sports I excel with include a controller and a 'beginner level' setting. When a team looks like its going to ruin a perfect season - or perhaps a shutout - I whip the controller, say a few choice words and hit the reset button.

The Red Flash didn't have that luxury.

I don't think it would have mattered if a real life reset button existed because Sunday afternoon, no one was beating the Bobcats.

Nate Foreman is the beat writer for the St. Francis women's basketball team and can be reached at

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