By Erin Leach |Staff Writer|
The Coyote Women’s Basketball team dominated on the court this past Friday night, January 11, against CSU Stanislaus.
With a 66-42 victory under their belt, the team took a heavy blow the following night when they lost Saturday to CSU Chico with a score of 62-56.
“We played a complete game against Stanislaus, but needed to shoot the basketball better against Chico. Our offensive execution in the last five minutes of the Chico game was not good,” said Head Coach Kevin Becker.
Becker may be referring to the teeth-clenching last minutes of the game when our Coyotes seemed unable to score until after the Warriors had taken the lead and there was only about 30 seconds left in the game.
The coach listed Chico as one of the top teams to beat this season along with CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Los Angeles, Cal Poly Pomona and UC San Diego.
CCAA Player of the week Trinidee Trice shined this weekend with two consecutive double doubles. She lead the team with a high of 13 total points and 10 total rebounds against Stanislaus and with 22 points and 12 rebounds the next day against Chico.
Her teammates Taylor Gipson followed closely behind with 12 points scored against Stanislaus and Alexcia Mack with 11 in Friday night’s game.
Also memorable this weekend was Eliza Dy who lead with six assists against Stanislaus and 11 points against Chico.
Before their next set of games, Becker would like to work on the team’s “offensive execution and efficiency,” and noted that they have “improved defensive effort and rebounding.”
This was obvious in the game against Stanislaus when according to Associate of AD/Media Relations Mark Reinhiller, the Coyotes, “out-rebounded the Warriors 47-29 with 18 offensive boards.”
Becker said that his assets consist of, “a balanced effort on offense, with multiple players capable of having good nights,” but said that the Coyotes are “not consistent from an individual or team perspective.”
Overall at this point in the season, “our team defense is decent, and we take care of the basketball real well on offense,” said Becker.
The team has an even record of 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the CCAA league.
With individual players improving on a regular basis the team can only go up from here.
Coach Becker noted that freshman Alexcia Mack, who serves as the team’s point guard, is doing well, especially for an incoming freshman, same goes for freshman Adriana Brodie at the small forward.
“Trinidee Trice is starting to play well,” said Becker. The coach also noted that senior Eliza Dy is “coming into form after missing first part of season recovering from off-season knee surgery, she will get better every game.”
Well-executed games, plays and techniques are not the only things that hold the team together.
Coach Becker said that “the team does have a great spirit and very positive attitude, this only helps as they work to improve and develop together.”
As the team continues with its season, fans should be looking out for improvement in post or inside game, as well as consistency from the wings in scoring and defense. Coach Becker stated that these are the things that he would like to work on in the latter part of the season.
As the Coyotes face more trying opponents, the team holds their head high and “concentrates on the things that we can control, our efforts, fundamentals and staying together. We work on these everyday in practice, so we can carry them over into the games,” said Becker.