Senior-laden Wiesbaden remains perfect
January 15, 2011
WIESBADEN, Germany — Wiesbaden, the defending Division I European champion, routed Division II Bitburg, 44-12, Saturday at the Wiesbaden Army Airfield Fitness Center to complete a two-day sweep.
The Lady Warriors were led by guard Kelley Colbert, who scored 16 points, and All-Europe forward LeAndra Thomas, who had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals.
Thomas noted that her team, which starts all seniors, benefits from the chemistry and experience that the starting group has from playing together. Three of the five starters have been with Wiesbaden since they were freshman.
Still, she was cautious about predicting the chances of the Lady Warriors (5-0) defending her title.
“The only Division I school we have played this year is SHAPE, so we don’t know how good we are yet,” she said.
Both teams struggled most of the first quarter, but once the Lady Warriors got going, they never looked back as they rode Colbert’s hard-driving style and hot hand.
“We just go out there and do what we need to do … it’s a team thing,” Colbert said.
Most of Colbert’s points came in the first half as both squad’s starters spent a majority of the second half on the bench.
Colbert also led the Lady Warriors with 17 points and eight steals during Friday night’s 49-15 victory over Bitburg, now 0-5.
Bitburg coach Michael Cottrell said his young team is starting to learn the system.
“It’s like starting from scratch ... they keep their chins up, they’re a good group of girls,” he said.
Saturday, Lamonica Williams led the team in scoring with five points, while Michelle Morrison and Brianna Lackey had three each.