The Jays dropped a 60-48 decision to Big East foe Providence Wednesday night in the Jays’ Pink Out game.
A typically well-attended and emotional game, it looked different this year with crowd restrictions.
“We’re always grateful for the opportunity to do it, it’s impactful not only in the terms of raising dollars but in giving our players an opportunity to think about how cancer has affected every family,” coach Jim Flanery said. “I’m appreciative we had the opportunity to do it even in a year like this.”
Tonight’s game was only the third game the team has played since the program faced COVID-19 restrictions in early January.
“It’s been such a start and stop sort of year,” Flanery said. “You get a little rhythm and a little momentum and then you’re shut down.”
Aside from impacts of quarantines and isolations, the Jays are also facing injuries-including guards junior Rachael Saunders and senior Tatum Rembao.
Sophomore Carly Bachelor returned Wednesday after missing multiple games with a hand injury.
The guard tallied eight of the team’s 27 rebounds, an exciting part of her performance that Flanery noted about her return and impact she made on the game.
“Overall for her first game back she did a lot of good things and I think that’s encouraging as we work into these next two weeks,” he said.
Senior guard Temi Carda led the team with 15 points, including three from 3-point range. The bench recorded 25 points for the Jays.
Much of the bench is made up of younger players amid the lineup disruptions.
“We’re playing younger than we anticipated,” Flanery said. “That’s been good from the standpoint of getting those kids experience and having them have to improve and focus at a different level than a normal group of young players would have to.”
Defensively, the Jays allowed the Friars 28 points in the paint, one area Flanery hopes to improve on going forward.
The Bluejays now head on a four-game road stretch followed by a home game against No. 2 UConn.
“Hopefully it causes some reflection and a little better focus to get ready because we’re going to have our hands full over the rest of the season,” Flanery said.
The road stretch starts at Seton Hall on Saturday.