Lady Crusaders strive for fourth playoff spot

With six games left this season, the Lady Cru basketball team is fighting to book a spot into the conference playoffs.  The Lady Cru are currently in fifth place in the West Division in the latest ASC Standings with an overall record of 4-14 and 3-10 in conference play.

The women are only one game behind Texas Lutheran University for the fourth place playoff spot.

Women’s Head Basketball Coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor expressed the significance in the remaining game this season.

“Every game is important for us to make the playoffs. Every minute on the floor is important, and every possession is important. When we break it down game by game, we also have to break it down to the minutes in the game. We have to have that sense of urgency to do what it takes to get to the postseason,” she said.

Sophomore exercise and sport science major Taylor Tucker agrees with Curliss-Taylor.

“We are trying to continue to motivate ourselves and each other to push harder every day, so we can improve our record and advance to the postseason. We establish every day our primary goal, which is to advance to the playoffs, and we try to fight through adversity, such as losses,” she said.

The Lady Cru will have to depend on their relationships with each other as a strength to help secure a playoff bid. Having an off and on-court relationship with teammates will help benefit the team.

Freshman pre-physical therapy major Tori Tucker and junior cell biology major Katelyn Smith both describe their team.

“We all have a great off- the-court relationship. We hang out every day at the upperclassmen’s apartments and sometimes go out to dinner. We cook for each other, as well as attend movies as a team.

We gel off the court just as much as we do on the court,” Tucker said.

“We spend a lot of time out of practice together just hanging out. It really helps build team chemistry.” Smith said.

The Lady Cru have begun their six-game road trip and are currently 2-2. The team started off the series by taking on Texas Lutheran University. The women lost in a nail-biting 61-59 defeat.

The team bounced back, however, and won against Schreiner University 68-59. They then traveled to Sul Ross State University where they won 72-56. Three Cru players scored in double digits to drive through the Lobos with a commanding win. The women recently fell to Howard Payne with a 74-84 final.

The team will take on Concordia University today at 5:30 p.m. in Austin  in a crucial ASC West division match-up. The women lost to Concordia 79-74 in their first matchup Jan. 8.

The Lady Cru will then head to Abilene to take on  Hardin-Simmons for the last  road game of the year. The women will finish the regular season with four conference home games, starting with Schreiner University. The women will tip off at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mayborn Campus Center.

Author: Brianne McNeeley

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