Belles end season in Sweet 16 against West Texas

Historic stretch for women’s basketball

By Alana Edgin
On March 23, 2017

Photo by Kaitlin Trujillo
Christina Robinson, senior point guard, looks for a teammate to pass the ball to. Robinson’s season high for points is 23.

Belle basketball finished off a record season during the break at the NCAA Division 2 South Central Regional Sweet 16.

This is the first time in university history the Belles have made it this far.

"This team has been phenomenal all year," Head Coach Kevin Baker said. "If you look at the season as a whole, we don’t really have a lot to be sad about."

Along with entering the Sweet 16, the Belles won 26 games, earned 2,574 points and averaged about 80 points a game. They were also the Lone Star Conference Champions.

"Of course our college careers are over, but we accomplished a lot within our two years at ASU," Christina Robinson, senior point guard, said. "Turning around that program was hard, but we actually did it. It’s something to be proud about and remember for the rest of our lives."

Robinson had a record season. She finished second in three point field goal percentage in a single season at 51.2 percent. She leads the team in three pointers at 42.

"These seniors put ASU map," Baker said. "They came to Angelo State at a time when there weren’t a whole lot of reasons to come in terms of women’s basketball. The program wasn’t in real good shape at that time and thank goodness they trusted us and came."

Baker became head coach back in 2015 and led the Belles to a dominating presence on the court. In the first season of his time here, the Belles started their first game by shattering the previous scoring record. That game, they scored over 100 points for the first time in history.

"Just going back to him recruiting us, everything he said we had the potential to do we did," Robinson said. "We outdid ourselves."

Senior guard Taylor Dorsey also thanks Baker for his coaching.

"He’s the best coach I’ve ever had," Dorsey said. "He changed the aspect of what I thought in basketball and taught us a lot of new things."

While the Belles had a strong season, they did finish on a loss in the Sweet 16 against West Texas A&M Buffs at 86-64.

"Coming out of the locker room, we weren’t ready to play," Baker said. "I don’t get sad over the loss because losses happen in this profession. I get sad that I don’t get to coach these guys [the seniors] anymore. You can tell just in this press conference how awesome they are."

There are four seniors on the team that are moving on. Robinson, Dorsey, post Jasmine Prophet and guard Lexi Murphy. Prophet and Dorsey became the fourth and fifth players in Belle basketball history to be named All-Americans. Prophet was named to the D2CCA second team All-American team and Dorsey was an honorable mention. Prophet was also named the LSC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

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