The University of Redlands women’s basketball team fought till the end but came up short, losing to Puget Sound 54-42 in a first round playoff game Friday at George Fox University in Oregon.
It was the first trip to the playoffs in school history for the Bulldogs. It hurts to come up short when you fought through so much adversity all season. The Bulldogs were plagued by injuries all season and had to pull off big wins over their two niggest rivals in the last week of the season in Cal Lutheran and Occidental.
Then they had to beat those same two opponents again in the SCIAC Tournament. They did just that.
So while it hurts to lose, the Bulldogs can be proud. They set the school record for wins with 22. They also set the bar higher for the next team. These players were part of the first playoff team in school history. They might make it again next year but there is always something about the first.
Redlands will graduate just two players, good ones in Ali Bueno and Meghan Yetman. But with the players they have coming back and the experience gained this season the Bulldogs will be a formidable foe again next season.