Inability to communicate reflects in Lady Rangers’ 0-3 losing streak.
By Jose Arredondo
The University of the Incarnate Word Lady Cardinals pulled away in the second half and defeated this college’s Lady Rangers 48-32 Oct. 29 in the Wellness Center at UIW.
After the loss, which put the team at 0-3 for the season, Rangers coach Haley Capestany gathered her players outside the complex.
“You all don’t run; I have to consistently get on you all,” Capestany said. “I shouldn’t have to do that.”
Capestany was hired this semester as head coach and was a former player for the Rangers. Student life has given $9,500 to benefit the team, which includes the coach’s salary.
Fire science sophomore Jennifer Gonzales blames the team’s loss on lack of chemistry and slacking off in practice, as well as the coach’s inability to communicate with her players.
“I understand she is frustrated with the way we played, but she doesn’t know how to communicate with us,” Gonzales said.
Capestany said some players don’t take practice or the games seriously.
“When we are in practice, you guys just laugh,” Capestany said to her players. “We were losing by double digits, and I could hear some of you laughing on the bench.”
UIW exploited the problem, as Cardinals guard Kelley Moreno led the team with 19 points and three steals.
Cardinals forward Amanda Zapata also helped as she snatched 10 of 23 rebounds for her team.
UIW Coach Katy Cook said, “We cleaned it up in the second half and we started playing our game.”
Moreno and Zapata dominated the paint out of the second half, which also placed the Rangers into foul trouble.
The Cardinals scored 31 points in the second half to end the game.
The Rangers are 0-3 this season and seek to get their first victory as they host the St. Edwards University Hill Toppers AT 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Education Center.