Women’s basketball team falls 52-43 to Cardinals in season opener

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Women's basketball team played UIW at 6pm Oct. 5, 2016 in the Cerveza Wellness Center gym. Rangers lose 52-43. Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

The women’s basketball team lost 52-43 to UIW Oct. 5 in the Cervera Wellness Center gym. The team will play Lackland Air Force Base club team  at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in Candler. Photo by Brandon A. Edwards

Returning guard and team captain wants to win championship this year.

By J. Del Valle

This college’s women’s basketball team came up short in its season opener against the University of the Incarnate Word’s women’s basketball team 52-43 Oct. 5 in the Cervera Wellness Center at UIW.

Before the game started, both teams huddled up to get last-minute encouraging words from coaches and teammates. The starting five players got ready and hyped up for jump ball.

English sophomore Tiera Sellers, team captain, is one of the returning players from last season and wears No. 15 for the team.

Sellers had 13 points, eight rebounds and two steals along with one block and assist for the team. She sported a pink headband and athletic sneakers to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sellers said a weakness of the team was lack of teamwork.

“We didn’t hustle or communicate,” Sellers said after the game. “There are a lot of new girls on the team that are intimidated.”

With the lack of communication, the players on the floor didn’t stay with the basketball too long in their possession — almost like a game of hot potato that caused major turnovers. UIW benefited from this.

Kinesiology major Whitney Ponder sank two 3-pointers to rally up the team on their 3-point lead during the first half of the game.

The first-half score belonged to the Rangers 20-17.

The Cardinals dominated the rest of the game, especially in the third quarter, putting up 19 points and blowing past the Rangers.

Sellers said the team motto is “One Team and One Goal” and their goal is to win the championship this year to make up for an upset at last year’s championship game against Victoria College where the Rangers lost by 6 points and placed second for the season.

With three veteran players returning from last season, the team is looking forward to recovering from their first loss of the season and working better as a team.

The Rangers’ next game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in Candler Physical Education Center against Lackland Air Force Base club team.



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