The UMHB Women’s Basketball team has gone into this season with high expectations and a drive to win. The ladies have a record of 3-4 with acceptable performances in their losses.
This year the ladies have a lot to look forward to with Mark Morefield as their new head coach. Morefield was previously the assistant coach of Baylor University’s NCAA division I Men’s basketball team. His experience working at the division one level is what the team believes will carry them to new heights this season.
Sophomore small forward Taylor Dangerfield feels that Morefield has brought a lot more structure to the team and brings a new level of comfort that she describes as “a way better feel than last year.”
The team has the winning mindset this season according to Dangerfield.
“We always say we are going to practice as a championship team,” she said. “Our goal is actually to go to the NCAA championship, not just to win a conference.”
Junior Power Forward Bridjai Chaney, was recently named the American Southwest Conference Women’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week ending the 29th of November. In the CRU’s first win of the season against Southwestern University, Chaney scored 15 points, along with eight rebounds, an assist and was 6-8 from the free throw line.
Chaney believes that the key to the team’s success is their drive and determination to keep going.
“We don’t give up. We can be down but we don’t know what giving up is,” she said. “Even with two seconds left we will still fight for as long as we can.”
The women have been working on playing smarter – determining what is a good shot, taking open shots and knowing if there is a better shot available. They are continuously practicing and working so that when they face tough rivals such as UT Tyler and UT Dallas they will play to the best of their ability and hopefully bring home the glory.
Chaney and Dangerfield look forward to building a bond amongst their teammates and improving their capabilities. Dangerfield explained that the Christmas break is an influential time in team bonding since students are away at home and the team can really focus on one another.
“We have a lot of good people on our team,” Chaney said. “Its like getting a whole bunch of new parts to an old car. Once they all get running well with oil and everything, it’s pretty good.”
After losing their first three contests, the Cru responded by winning three consecutive contests against Southwestern, Texas Lutheran and Belhavan before falling 62-50 against Texas A&M International University at home Dec. 5.
The team will look to take another step forward Dec. 17 when they host Southwestern Assemblies of God University at the Mayborn Campus Center.