The Texas Wesleyan women’s basketball team suffered a 67-54 loss to the Louisiana State University Lady Pilots this past weekend in the semifinals of the conference tournament in Waxahachie, Texas.
The Lady Rams finished the season with a 25-7 record overall and a 19-5 record in the Red River Athletic Conference.
Bre’Untay Reed, senior guard, said the game was a big disappointment.
“We knew LSU-S was a great team, and if we didn’t come out and play to the best of our capabilities, the results would not be in our favor,” Reed said.
Reed said the overall season was great, especially winning 20 plus games.
“As a senior this is not the way I wanted to end my season. We won big games and lost a few we should have won, but we just didn’t have anything tangible to show for the kind of season we had,” Reed said.
The game opened with three straight three point shots from the Lady Pilots, who had a 15-point run against the Lady Rams.
The Lady Rams slowly closed the margin to within five points, until the Lady Pilots had another 6-point run that put them on top to control the game. The Lady Pilots led 33-22 at the half.
Courtney Turner, junior guard, said this game was a big game that determined whether the Lady Rams went to nationals.
“We could have done a lot better defensively and made more of our shots,” Turner said.
Turner said overall the season was good though.
“What we didn’t do this season was give up,” Turner said. “We still gave it our all,” she said.
With a lot of ground to cover, the Lady Rams opened the second half with intensity, hitting the first two shots of the half. However, the Lady Pilots were not going down without a fight.
The Lady Pilots scored 7 consecutive points on the Lady Rams, putting the margin in double digits 40-26.
The Lady Rams fought back to cut the margin down, but the Lady Rams were unable to stop the Lady Pilots’ momentum. The Lady Pilots won the game 67-54.
Octavia Mullins, senior forward, said the team did not play to its full potential.
“I don’t know if it was nerves, fatigue or just not our game. We could have done a lot of things different,” Mullins said.
Mullins said overall, she thought the team had a great season.
“A lot of the seniors stepped up, and every day a different person made clutch plays.
“Even with us seniors leaving, I think the team is left with a solid foundation of talent,” Mullins said.
Stephanie Randall; firstname.lastname@example.org