The women’s basketball team has been training through the fall and now begin their winter season. With an excellent team lined up, they opened the season with exhibition games and into the FIU Thanksgiving Classic against Villanova and Valaparaiso. The Bobcats were successful in one of the two games with a 96-85 win over Valaparaiso but a 55-79 loss against Villanova. senior forward Emily Allen said in regards to the weekend, “The first game we struggled to focus on what we were in control of and playing as a team. Playing these bigger teams does have an affect on us mentally, and threw us off in the first game. We were able to regather our focus and find our control for the second game, and were fortunate to pull off the win.”
Standout players who led the team this weekend were sophomores Jasmine Hommes and Kayla DeWit, both scoring double digits in the game against Villanova. Junior Jackie Elliot played exceptionally well in the consolation game against Valaparaiso by scoring a three-pointer that sent the game into overtime and allowed the team to solidify their victory.
Looking towards the future, Head Coach Tricia Binford said of the Valaparaiso victory, “It was a great effort and our fight is proven. However, our fouls are killing us and we need to make the adjustment sooner rather than later. We need to turn the corner with our smarts.”
With these adjustments, the team will be ready to head into future games with sound strategy and fierce competition. Allen commented on the team’s goals for the season, “Our goals as a team are to focus on one game at a time, to not get ahead of ourselves or look too far in the future. We also treat every practice, workout and game as a championship game, giving our best effort every time we step on the court or in the weight room, so that effort becomes a habit.” Up next for the Bobcats are games against Seattle University and the University of Washington on the Dec. 14 and 15, respectively.