Stephanie Randall
The Texas Wesleyan Lady Rams took down two conference teams this past week. Currently sitting at 14-3 overall and 9-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference, the Lady Rams knocked down a No. 5 ranked team, Langston University (17-1,11-1 RRAC). This hard fought win ending with a score of 59-54, secured the spot for a higher ranking in conference.The game started off with a 7-1 run from the Lions, but the Lady Rams quickly bounced back with backto-back points from Nicole Terral. This started a 12-3 run, putting the Lady Rams on top at the half 25-22. At the opening of the second half the Lions came out firing, but Octavia Mullins dominated in the paint with offensive rebounds and three-point shot by Raven Alexander gave the Lady Rams a 11-2 run. The Lions steadily kept their momentum with an 8-0 lead, until Kristi Alexander came in with key shots and layups made, she scored three of four shots from the free throw line, securing the Lady Rams win of 59-54.Mullins led the Rams with 15 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double and 10th of the season. Alexander contributed with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. Brittany White added 10 points and seven rebounds to the win.
Previously in the week the Lady Rams picked up their 22nd consecutive home game win against the University of the Southwest ending in a triple-digit score of 101-70. The Lady Rams dominated against the Mustangs hending up 27 points ahead at the half. In the second half the Mustangs tried to fire back, but the Lady Rams did not let up leading as high as 38 points holding the Mustangs to 70 points at the finish.Brittany White and Raven Smith both contributed 13 points. Octavia Mullins contributed her second consecutive double-double of the season adding 10 points and 14 rebounds. Kristi Alexander had numbers across the boards with a 12 point, five assists, four rebounds, and three steals type of game. Everyone on the team got a chance to contribute to the win.Head coach Bill Franey said it was good game for the team.“The team shot well, executed well and rebounded extremely well,” Franey said. “Everyone had the chance to contribute to the win.”Franey said Raven Smith was a dominant factor for the Lady Rams for being 6-6 from the floor in only 14 minutes.“She certainly deserves a lot of credit for her play in this game,” Franey said.Octavia Mullins said the team played well and everyone played unselfish. “Overall we need to make better crisp passes [in order] to get back on transition better,” Mullins said.Mullins said they played their game and executed against Langston.“We out hustled them and got the win,” Mullins said.Brittany White said they played really well as a team.“We executed and everyone contributed in the win,” White said.She said they still need to improve on defense. She said it is good but it still can be better.White said the team strives to reach their goals of being conference champs and national champions.“If we work hard each day, and go out and play each game to execute and defend, we can accomplish any goal they we have set one by one,” White said.The Lady Rams take on Langston again at 5:30, Jan. 23 in the Sid Richardson Center.