While most of the Lane community were on winter break, the women’s basketball team defeated their competition earning a 16-1 overall record. Lane hosted the Portland Panthers Jan. 12 and did not show mercy with their conference rivals.

It didn’t take long for Lane to take a commanding lead.  

Starting guard/forward Megan Fossen drained two three-pointers to begin the game. Lane outplayed their opponents in every mechanic of the game. By the end of the first period, the Titans were up 32-3.

Portland forward Nautica McMurry struggles to score against a swarm of Titans during the first half of their Jan. 12 game. The Titans earned their 16th win by demolishing Portland 96-38 at Titan Court. (Elizabeth West // The Torch)

The onslaught did not slow down throughout the game. Lane held a 20 point lead the entire game. The Titans connected on 49.4 percent of their shots to the Panthers’ 26.2 percent.

Lane won 96-38.

“It’s not just one person,” guard Emma Jones said. “The team has a positive mindset, we see ourselves winning the NWAC.”  

“Our team has a common goal of wanting to win a championship, and having the same mindset and effort is what puts our team above,” Fossen said. Fossen ended the game with 18 points, and 6 rebounds.

The Titans are currently averaging 85.6 points per game, the highest in the league.

This is nothing new for Head Coach/Athletic Director Greg Sheley. By the end of last season, Sheley had 635 wins since 1999.

“Our confidence is pretty high, but it’s a guarded
confidence. This Saturday will be a tougher game.”

Head Coach/Athletic Director Greg Sheley

Sheley gives all credit of the success this season to the quality group of women the coaching staff was able to recruit.

Lane will have a chance to prove their superiority over division rivals, Mt. Hood, on Jan. 19 at Titan Court. Mt. Hood is currently ranked behind Lane in second place.

“So far we are 16-1, and I think we can keep our winning streak going until the finals. The plan is to take NWACs.”

Megan Fossen, Titan guard

Entering the final stretch of the season, Lane holds a 12-game win streak, the largest streak in the region. The next 12 games will be conference game, the Titans are 4-0 in conference play.