February 19, 2014 : OUL Women’s Basketball Win “Bittersweet”
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
- Dana House
Lancaster – For Ohio University Lancaster women’s basketball team player Kristy Swinehart, the Ohio Regional Campus Conference Tournament win this past weekend against Ohio University Chillicothe was a mix of emotions. Even though Swinehart was thrilled that her team was moving on to compete in the conference semi-final game, she was also disappointed to close the door on a chapter of her life.
“I am feeling bittersweet about this game because it’s my last game ever at OUL,” said Swinehart.
Swinehart and the OUL women’s team beat Ohio University Chillicothe 74-49 in the tournament game last Sunday. Swinehart was OUL’s leading scorer with 16 points.
“The team was very nervous during the first half,” said Swinehart. “But during the second half we were able to come back and win.”
The OUL team will play Miami Middletown next in the ORCC Semi-Finals at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Ohio University Chillicothe. If the team wins that game, they will advance to the state championship.
Swinehart and her teammates are hoping for an ORC Championship. It would be the exclamation point on a three-year OUL career for Swinehart that also included many personal successes. After transferring to OUL from Capital University, Swinehart averaged 16.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Swinehart had 1,226 career points while at OUL and continued a family tradition by joining her mother, Tricia, in the OUL 1,000 career point club.
Swinehart will graduate with a degree in Health Administration. Even though her future looks bright, she will miss her time on the basketball court at OUL. Swinehart is offering future players some advice on her way out the door.
“Don’t come in with high expectations,” said Swinehart. “Just have fun and enjoy the game while you can still play.”