By Shyneese Walter |Staff Writer|
The women’s basketball team continues to fight hard to break their losing streak.
With their most recent loses to San Francisco State and Cal Poly Pomona, coach Kevin Becker and his team are struggling to find the answers to their problems.
Despite the fact that three Coyotes were able to score in double figures against San Francisco State, the Gators were able to capitalize on a halftime advantage and ran away with the game.
Angela Streets lead the pack the with 13 points, while Kristen Huffman chipped in with 12 and Eliza Dy contributed 10 of her own.
Their contest with Cal Poly Pomona was much of the same for the Coyotes. Streets led the way once again with an impressive 25-point, performance along with eight rebounds. Dy and Jaslyn Cosey both chipped in with 10 points apiece. Despite the contributions on the offensive end, the Coyotes still fell short to the Broncos as they did against the Gators.
“We had no support from the bench, and with that lack of depth and production, it falls on the starters to get the job done. The team does not need a big game from the bench, but some consistent effort from the bench would be helpful. Some rebounds, some points, some assists; anything to keep the opponent honest,” said Becker.
“The first 10 minutes in the second half are the most important. That is when everyone must pull out all the stops to gain a constant lead and provide a good chance of winning,” said Streets.
“To snap this losing streak it’s more mental than physical. We have to keep our minds in the game no matter how tired we are.”
With this being Streets’ last year she is more motivated than ever. This has shown in the past few games as she has been on an absolute offensive tear.
Her recent contributions have been overshadowed by the Coyotes poor play however. She has answered the call, but the team has lacked consistency from the bench and on the defensive end.
“Right now we are focusing on what we need to do. Tighten up the defense, especially post defense. Overall we need more team rebounding, and better shooting from all players. We have not been consistent with getting offensive production from our posts.
“The top two things would be rebounding and to shoot the ball better. We are getting great looks on the offensive end but not shooting very well,” said Becker.
As difficult as this season has been, Becker is hoping that his team can continue to battle and play for pride.
Although the playoffs seem out of reach at this point, the Coyotes must remain focused, motivated and hopefully play spoiler for other teams in contention.