Thursday, January 7, 2010

Titan women's basketball team goes streaking

That headline might be a bit misleading. What I mean to say is that after a 77-63 victory over North Central in this year's CCIW opener, the team has now won 50 consecutive regular season games. FIFTY!

With a win Saturday, the team will be guaranteed to reach the two-year mark since their last regular season defeat on January 12, 2008 against Millikin. Interestingly, they will play Millikin January 12 of this year as well.

But before that matchup comes one of the biggest battles of the year for Mia Smith's squad, a home affair against Carthage who will come in ranked 11th in the latest poll. A win Saturday would bode very well for the hopes of another CCIW title, though we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves.

In fact, let's take a step back for a second and reiterate what the Titans have done. Not 10 straight wins in the regular season, or 20, or 30, or 40, but 50! It's easy to take the wins for granted at this point, but it was not one of Newton's Laws that the Titan women's basketball team must win every freakin' game they play. One game without focus, one horrific shooting night, a game in which a couple players foul out early--that's all it takes. But the team just keeps on keepin' on.

This year's team is incredibly balanced, with no player averaging over 25 minutes per game and ten players averaging at least four points per game. They will unfortunately be without sophomore Kylie Castans, who transferred to ISU this semester, but sophomore Olivia Lett transferred in from Division I Southern Illinois and will help fill that void.

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