Basketball prepares for season

Belles predict good season, Rams work on recovery

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 20, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
KeAnna Kelly, junior guard, and senior point guard Christina Robinson competes in the annual Rams vs Belles three-point contest. For the first time in the last few years, the Rams beat the Belles.

The ASU basketball teams have a plan for their season and are determined to be champions.

Women’s head basketball coach Kevin Baker said that the women have high expectations and thinks the team has a chance to repeat as champions. 

“Our plan is simple,” Baker said. “Day by day we try and see if we can improve and get better, and if we can, then maybe we can make another run at a championship.”

The Belles have seven returners and six new members. Baker said the returners include four seniors: Taylor Dorsey, leading scorer of the previous season, Jasmine Prophet, All American player, Christina Robinson, point guard and guard Lexi Murphy. 

Coach Baker said the team’s strong point is scoring, but their challenge is defending.

“Rebounding, we need to make sure we are one of the best rebounding teams in the country,” Baker said.

Dorsey said she thinks the team will do better than last year because of the new recruits the coaches brought in. 

“He recruited some good pieces that we needed to finish our play zone,” Dorsey said. 
Dorsey said the team needs to work on their defensive chemistry, but thinks they are still going to do excellent.

“We do everything best,” Dorsey said. “We have an all around game. That’s what makes us so good.”

Men’s head basketball coach Cinco Boone said his team is working to get healthy. He said that their plan is to stay healthy and be competitive. 

“Hopefully we can just be competitive and prepare ourselves for a tough non-conference schedule and prepare ourselves to try to win a Lone-Star Conference Championship,” Boone said. 

Boone said the leadership will start with the seniors, but it is a team effort.  

“The strength of the team is the team,” Boone said. 

 He said he is proud of the talent that the coaches recruited because the team does a lot of things well.

“We are an unselfish team,” Boone said. “I think we will be able to see that as the season goes on and as we get more chemistry with more practice time together.”

Guard Shaquan Rhoades said it’ll all come down to the team buying into the games and that they are very talented. 

“We are deep at every position, which is a plus for our team,” Rhoades said. 

He said he is excited for the season to start up and thinks that the team will be successful once everyone comes together. 

The Belles’ first home game is Nov. 25 against East Central University and the Rams will play Tillotson College Nov. 18.

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