Full Court Press with Coach K
Monday, February 13, 2012

Hello everyone! We’ve had another exciting week in women’s basketball.  We played two games this past week.  We hosted LeTourneau University and UT-Tyler.  We beat LeTourneau 58-56 on a thrilling last second shot.  Unfortunately, we lost to UT-Tyler on Saturday 71-81.

Thursday’s game against LeTourneau was designated our WBCA “Think Pink” game.  We honored Ms. Vikki Sharp before the game and she was also our honorary coach for the game.  Ms. Vikki is the mother of junior Vashni Sharp Moore and Ms. Vikki is a breast cancer survivor.

We partnered with ZTA for the event to raise awareness for a cure and breast cancer research.  ZTA did an amazing job turning the Gold Dome into the Pink Dome.  They also ran timeout games as well as halftime entertainment for the fans.

And then the basketball team decided to add to the excited of the day.  Our game against LeTourneau was back and forth for the majority of the game.  Then with about 17 seconds on the clock we found ourselves down by three.  We inbounded the ball and Megan Daniel ran off of a great screen from Jalena Sanders and knocked down a huge three point shot to tie up the score at 56.  LeTourneau inbounded the ball after Megan’s shot and we deflected the ball off a LeTourneau player and the ball went out of bounds.  Now the ball was ours to inbound with 2 seconds on the clock.  Vashni inbounded a great pass to Jalena posting hard at the block and Jalena knocked down an amazing shot with contact from LeTourneau.  The shot went in and the time ran out.  We won 58-56 and then the entire team piled on Jalena to congratulate her.  It was truly a great moment for our team.

Saturday was faced off against the Patriots of UT-Tyler.  It was also the game that both the men’s and women’s teams honored our three seniors:  Megan Daniel, Maxx Nakwaasha, and Matt Nichenko.

The story for the game was our lack of rebounding.  We didn’t crash the boards on either end of the floor.  We eventually got out rebounded 36-61 and lost the game 71-81.  We shot well and forced UT-Tyler into 26 turnovers for the game. It’s just proof how important rebounding is to win a basketball game.

Next up for us we’ll hit the road Thursday to play Mississippi College and then on Saturday we’ll travel to Louisiana College.

Hope you enjoy the quote.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison