Women’s basketball inches closer to conference

THE LADY JETS BASKETBALL team is 16-8 overall this season. Courtesy photo, Newman Athletics

Newman women’s basketball team hit the road last Saturday and scored a win over St. Edward’s 65-60, making it the second consecutive time they have overpowered the Hilltoppers. 

With five games left in the season, a 16-8 record and a three-game winning streak, the Lady Jets are focusing on one game at a time as they inch closer to the Heartland Conference Tournament in March. 

Head women’s basketball coach Darin Spence said the season has been so strong because he has players who have bought into the program. 

“We have good players,” he said. They are very competitive. They work hard and they are very invested in what we do. I think that is the main reason.”

If they want to finish the season strong, Spence said, the key is to continue improving their defense.

“We have to keep defending better. We have to rebound on the defensive end better at a higher level, and we have to keep improving on the offensive end,” he said. 

Junior Mel George said after conference last season, the team adjusted its mindset.

“The big difference is we verbalized actually wanting to do something this year,” she said. “We have all the things for it. It’s all a matter of doing it in the moment.”

Even though the season has been a good one, George said, the team still has to focus on one game at a time. 

“Something that is always said in practice is to focus on what is happening right now,” she said. “We don’t look at the past or focus on the future. We only focus on what we can control. Everything we do comes from focusing on that moment.” 

The Lady Jets take on St. Mary’s tonight at 5:30 p.m. at home.

This story first appeared in the February 8, 2018 issue of The Vantage.