Women’s basketball strives to improve this season with upcoming scrimmages
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Women’s basketball strives to improve this season with upcoming scrimmages


Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

The women’s Basketball team has been working hard this offseason to improve on their last year’s record of 10 – 17. Head coach Fala Bullock is now in her second year of being head coach at NSU and has been adding a few new faces to the roster while keeping some of the existing players from last season.

Bullock recruited three freshmen this season, Cielon Mcclain, frashmen forward and the two Lee sisters, Morgan and Meagan Lee. There is also some new transfer students added to the roster, including Atajma Criss-Felton, junior point guard who formally played at Central Wyoming and was a late addition to the team in late August. Other transfers would be Maddie Marrow, junior guard who formerly played at Mount San Jancinto and Julia Hill, junior forward who came from Shasta College in northern California.

“Coach Bullock recruited me at a sophomore showcase tournament in LA,” said Hill. “After I visited this school and the town, I knew this was the right fit for me.”

The team has been struggling with a few offseason injuries this season but is looking to be healthy before preseason scrimmages start this season.

“We should be healthy, and everyone plays a part in our success so that means taking care of our bodies and giving 100% effort as well as not getting outworked,” said Destiny Strange, senior forward.

The team will also be returning some of last year’s leaders, with five seniors coming back to play for the RiverHawks This season.

“With a small team like ours, a lot of underclassmen will have to play big minutes and step up in many aspects of the game,” said Cailyn Long, senior forward. “They will not have much time to adjust to the pace and level that the MIAA brings. As a team we will have to continue to work hard and get better every day to make sure that we have a successful season.”

The women’s basketball team will have a little less than a month to prepare for their first scrimmage of the year against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Oct. 28 in Stillwater. Then they will wrap up their preseason schedule on Nov. 5, in Norman to face the Oklahoma Sooners. The team has high hopes for this season and has high hopes to be in the top of the MIAA ranking when the season ends.

 “I want to make a difference in every game I play in while having the most fun playing the game I love,” said Hill. “(I want to) leave it all on the court every game and get to that league champion tournament in Arkansas.”

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