Written by Austin McCormick
The Lady Cru created a season like the program had never been exposed to last year. A team with five seniors and many returnees gave the Cru a steady foundation.
The players and coaches have begun the practices to get the team in their best physical shape.
Last season was successful for Head Coach Kim Kirkpatrick-Thorton and her team. The women won the ASC West Division title for the very first time in the history of the school’s program.
Kirkpatrick-Thorton is 77-58 overall in five years with the UMHB program.
She said, “The expectations this year are for our team to perform at their very best and to reach their true potential.
She believes that they can be national champions and hopes the women can grow stronger.
“Our team last year really helped to raise the bar and we were able to move to a different level and with that we want to exceed past the level of last year.”
The team is aware that it has all the tools to have a successful year.
Hard practices and working together is important to achieve all the goals the players have. Winning the West Division last year was a stepping stone to an encouraging upcoming season.
Senior exercise sport management major Lindsay Eaton said, “We won the West last year, but we never made making it past conference our team goal. This year our expectations are higher. We want to win the West, the conference and the national championship. As a team we believe we can actually do it.”
Senior exercise sport management major Jenny Black said, “I would call our team hungry. We have made it to the conference tournament every year in different spots from fourth place to first. We need to come in every day to work hard. If someone is slacking, it is important that we get onto them.”