NSU women’s basketball comes out strong
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NSU women’s basketball comes out strong

Published 11/7/17

Emily Osborne

TNE Writer

The women’s basketball season started Thursday night in an exhibition game against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The RiverHawks came out strong against the Razorbacks, a Division I SEC team. The fast-paced game started quickly with the RiverHawks getting out scored in the first quarter 20-14. The team bounced back in the second and outscored the Razorbacks 24-15. At the half the RiverHawks led 38-35.

In the second half of the game, the RiverHawks continued to fight for the lead. Late in the fourth quarter fatigue started to set in.

"They were in better shape than us," said Fala Bullock, NSU women’s basketball head coach.  "We really died out in the fourth quarter in general. I thought in general we kept trying to fight for it, but I thought our fatigue really showed."

The RiverHawks kept the game within one possession during the game until the last quarter. The final score of the game was 82-74.

Going into the game, the RiverHawks felt prepared and ready to play on a bigger stage than they are used to.

“We have been practicing hard and pushing each other to get better day in and day out,” said Caitlyn Long, junior forward from Sparta, Mo. “Obviously the stage was bigger at Arkansas so there was some adjusting that needs to be done at the beginning of the game just to get rid of the nervous.”

Their hard work showed Thursday night. While this game was an exhibition game for the RiverHawks, it was a  time to see where they are at and what they need to work on. The team  also shed light on their strengths.

"This was a great opportunity to get the measuring stick out and figure out what we need to do better," said Bullock. "A lot of good things were happening for us. I thought we shot well from outside. It was great to see some of our seniors step up." 

While the RiverHawks performed well against a Division I team, they are still searching for ways to improve.

“There are always things you can improve on when it comes to basketball, but I felt that we came out with great energy and played hard for 40 minutes,” said Long. “I think we could have executed some things better, but overall it was a good day. As for the rest of the season we just need to continue to learn to play as a unit. We need to gain more team chemistry and continue to learn how to play hard.”

The RiverHawks are not ready to settle. They are looking forward to getting better each and everyday.

“Our coaches have been demanding nothing but excellence from each and everyone of us in practice, and I think that’ll show up in games this season,” said Morgan Hellyer, sophomore forward from Flower Mound, Texas. “As happy as we are with how close the game against Arkansas was, we aren’t fully content because there is always things you need to work on. I’ve always been told that satisfaction leads to failure, so we are not satisfied. We are ready to get after and grind every day to be the best our team can be.”

The RiverHawks will be back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Durant. The RiverHawks’ first home game is at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Follow @RiverHawksWBK on Twitter for game day up dates.

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