Belle Basketball ready for the new season

Belles defeat St. Mary’s in home opener

By Rosanna Aguilera
On November 30, 2017

Photo by Marsalis Mahome
Madie Greenwood, senior point guard, keeps possession of the ball. Greenwood hit a three-pointer on her first possession in the game against Oklahoma Christian

The Belles basketball team won its season opener against St. Mary’s University 70-46 on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Head Coach Renae Shippy earned her first career victory.

Sophomore forward De’Anira Moore led the team with 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Junior guard Dezirae Hampton followed Moore with a total of 13 points, senior point guard Madi Greenwood had 12 points and senior guard Marquita Daniels followed with 10. Every player for the Belles scored.

"It was an exciting game," Shippy said. "The entire team including myself had our adrenaline running because it was our first time on the court for a real game."

Shippy said once they settled in they were able to do what they needed to do.

Greenwood said they were nervous in the first quarter since it was their first home game.

"Once we got settled into it and realized we need to get used to it, we started playing better and hitting our shots," Greenwood said.

Shippy said their defense was pretty good.

"We forced 18 turnovers but I still feel like we could have forced more and they know that," Shippy said.

Shippy said they will be even better next game because they know what to fix.

Greenwood also agreed that their defense did well.

"Defensively, I think we rattled them a lot," Greenwood said.

Shippy said she was very proud of the team and the way they played.

"As a head coach, watching players that you have been grinding with in pre-season and through scrimmages, it’s fun to finally be on the floor and watch them be able to produce what they can," Shippy said.

Shippy said she was really happy they were able to have this game at home.

"A lot of that goes to our administration and them backing us to get home games here, so I appreciate that," Shippy said.

Greenwood said she was excited about winning.

"It’s really exciting to get her first win and our first win as well," Greenwood said.

Shippy said she was overall proud of the players for them "meeting their goals and doing what they needed to do to get this win".

The Belles lost to Fort Lewis College 56-57 on Friday Nov. 24 and won against Oklahoma Christian on Nov. 25, 85-70. The team starts their Lone Star Conference games on Nov 28 against Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

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