It has been roughly 12 years since the Lady Cru basketball team has played this well. Continuing to roll over each school they play, their 13-game winning streak is becoming pretty fearful. With this many consecutive wins,
UMHB has secured a berth in the American Southwest Conference tournament.
This season the players, coaching staff and trainers have seemed to mesh together, forming a force to be reckoned with in the ASC.
Junior point and shooting guard Caitlin Berganier thinks the bond between team members on and off the court is the real reason for the spectacular
“The chemistry behind the team is amazing,” she said. “We all get together and hang out a lot, which I feel helps us to know each other better. We always have a good time together.”
One of the veterans of the team, senior sport management major Jessica Kelly, agrees with Berganier, but she also believes there is a larger reason
behind the success of the women’s basketball team.
“I would 100 percent have to say God and team work,” she said. “Everyone just works really well together. It’s something we kind of had last year,
but this year we are truly doing great as a team.”
In her fifth year as head coach, Kim Kirkpatrick cannot be more proud of the team.
Though there have been obstacles the Lady Cru has had to overcome, like the team’s inconsistency of free throws, losing a top scorer and seeing off the assistant coach to a promotion, they have maintained focus.
Kirkpatrick knows how hard everybody is trying to make this the best season.
“I am so proud of our girls at how focused they’ve been,” she said. “It feels like, to me, that our hard work is paying off. I am very grateful and humbled by it. We’ve moved from trying to knock people off to when you get this position, you are the person who wants to be knocked off, so it puts a target on your back.”
The team seems grateful to be at the point they are at. For many of them, including Kelly and Kirkpatrick, God has played a major role this whole
season, and they will continue to stay focused on Him and not take things
“I just want to thank God for such a great coaching staff and a wonderful trainer. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today,” Kelly said. “As a team we will all continue to stay humble and hungry.”