Women’s basketball starts MIAA conference play strong
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Women’s basketball starts MIAA conference play strong

Published 12/5/17


Emily Osborne

TNE Writer

NSU women’s basketball started their conference play with a 68-57 win last Thursday in a game against Northwest Missouri. This win broke a 14-game losing streak in MIAA play for the RiverHawks.

The RiverHawks came out in the first quarter strong, outscoring Northwest 17-10. The team was outscored in the second but came back in the last half of the game, outscoring Northwestern in both quarters.

In the second game of their conference play, the RiverHawks fell to Missouri Western on the road. The RiverHawks did not go out without a fight. In the fourth quarter of the game, with 30 seconds left, Caitlyn Long, junior forward from Sparta, Mo.,  made a layup to tie the game at 60. Missouri Western made two free throws to be up by two with 14 seconds left. With a close call on the RiverHawks’ end, the game ended with a turnover and a RiverHawk loss.

Even after this tough loss the RiverHawks are still looking to get better. They are looking to the future to be more successful. They never want to be content with where their skill level is at.

“I want to get better everyday and never get comfortable with where I'm at,” said Cenia Hayes, freshman shooting guard from Tahlequah.

This team’s members pride themselves in being a team that works well together and pushes each other to get better every day in practice.

“I think as a team we are always supportive and encouraging toward each other,” said Bailee Eldred, junior guard from Sulphur. “We want to see each other succeed and that’s one of the most important aspects a successful team possess.”

The RiverHawks are still working toward their goal, winning as many games as possible.

“I think we are still trying to learn each other and square away our defense,” said Eldred.  “We’re getting better every day and I’ve been blessed with a team that will work hard every day. At the end of the day, we all have a common goal, and that is to win as many games as possible.”

Each day in practice they are working harder and getting better. In each sport no team is 100 percent perfect, and Fala Bullock, NSU women’s basketball head coach,  sees their weak areas and is pushing each woman to reach her potential individually and as a team.

“Some areas of improvement are definitely our defense and rebounding,” said Bullock. “We are looking to be a little tougher about consistency on the defensive end. Less fouls will result in more defensive stops as well.”

The RiverHawks have not left a game yet that they did  not leave everything they had on the court. Each game is a new battle to them. The team is working toward a common goal, and that goal will not come easy. The team has had to battle some injuries in the early season that have posed a challenge to overcome.

“I think our best characteristic is the fight and the will we have to battle back and finish games, to never give up,” said Eldred. “In preseason we dealt with injuries and I’m thankful that we are back on track now. That was our main challenge.”

The RiverHawks will be back in action at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 at home. At halftime during the men’s game that directly follows the women’s, there will be a toy toss that will benefit Cherokee County Toys for Tots. Attendees are encouraged to a bring a stuffed animal to donate.

To keep up-to-date with the NSU women’s basketball team, follow @RiverHawksWBK on Twitter.

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