By Rubi Torres, staff writer
The 2012-2013 basketball schedules for both the men and women have been released.
Though the women start their season off with six away games, the team believes that this will only make it stronger, Coach Darin Spence said.
Last year the lady Jets went 14-0 at home, and they hope to continue that trend with the new Head Coach Darin Spence.
“I’m one of those that thinks every game is important,” Spence said, “and we have a very tough task of starting our first six games on the road. So, those six games really stand out for me because we could play very well on the road and still not win. Not an ideal situation, but we have to make the most out of it.”
With conditioning already started, the women’s team strives to improve and maintain focus as its season slowly gets closer, Spence said.
“We have an energetic group, it’s a hungry group,” Spence said. “Change is not always easy for everyone. We have four seniors that are really good kids, and we want to make this a good year for them.”
The first game for the women will be against Rockhurst University at 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 at its campus in Kansas City,.
This year, the men’s basketball team will host 15 games at home and start its season by hosting five of their first six games.
“It will benefit us by giving us an opportunity to gain team chemistry and trust,” senior Darrell Traylor said.
“We had good games at home last year, and this will give us an opportunity to gain confidence before we hit the road. I hope our crowd shows us some love and support.”
Last year, the men’s team went 12-0 at home and placed second in the conference.
The men’s team knows what it can accomplish, and they hope to do much more this season, Traylor said.
“I see our team winning a conference and national championship,” Traylor said. “We have all the pieces to win, so we have to be willing to go the extra mile and play above our expectations. We have to have each other’s back. Just flat out fight.”
The first game for the men against Tabor College will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 in Fugate Gymnasium.