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Seniors end home season with mix wins

Belles victorious, Rams fall short

By Deundra Smyth
On February 23, 2017

Devonte’ Pratt, senior, jumps to make a basket against West Texas A&M. Pratt scored eight points against the Buffs.

Belles’ basketball held on to win their second consecutive game on Feb. 18, defeating the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs in a tightly contested Lone Star Conference matchup.

With a final score of 68-66, the Belles earned their 20th win of the season improving to 9-1 at home and 14-4 in conference play.

Despite an early six point lead by the Lady Buffs, the game was a back and forth affair and came down to the final possession with the Belles pulling out the win in their final home game of the season.

"I just thought it was important to come out and support both teams today, especially with it being Senior Day and their last home game this year," basketball fan and ASU alum Jeffrey Linley said.

The victory also came on ASU’s Senior Day as four Belle seniors, including guard Christina Robinson, were celebrated prior to opening tip-off.

Robinson led the Belles with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in her 34 minutes of action.

Junior guard Madi Greenwood also contributed to the win by scoring 14 points while shooting 66 percent from the field and 86 percent from the free throw line.

The win was a complete team effort, however, with the Belles’ bench outscoring the West Texas A&M reserves 22-7.

Although the Belles were out-rebounded, their defense was the difference in the game, forcing the Lady Buffs into 16 turnovers, and scoring 16 points off of those mistakes.

Saturday’s thrilling victory by the Belles came on the heels of an impressive 88-55 win over UT-Permian Basin.

With a current record of 20-4, the Belles are second in the LSC standings with the conference tournament slated to take place March 2-5 at the Allen Event Center in Allen, TX.

In the second matchup of the double-header, the Rams basketball team saw their valiant comeback effort fall short as they fell to the West Texas A&M Buffaloes 90-81.

The Rams battled back after falling behind by double digits early to take a 60-59 lead midway through the second half, thanks in large part to their stellar three point shooting.

The Rams shot over 53 percent from the field and over 52 percent from three point range, but it was not enough to earn them the victory.

Senior guard Quay King, one of seven seniors honored before the game, had a season-high 31 points on 10 of 16 shooting, including going eight of 13 from behind the arc. He also added four rebounds, two steals and the Rams’ only blocked shot of the game.

Fellow senior guard, Prince Foster went seven of nine from the field, adding 23 points of his own to go along with his team-high five assists and four rebounds.

The game was the second in a row that the Rams lost in heartbreaking fashion after falling to UT-Permian Basin, 93-90.

Despite the tough loss, which dropped the Rams to 6-10 in the conference and 14-10 overall, it did not change how many in the crowd felt about the team.

"The ladies got a big win, which was great and the guys came up just short, but we wanted them to know that win, lose or draw they have our full support," Linley said.

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