Belle Basketball edges out Pioneers

Belles defeat TWU 73-64 in winning streak

By Rosanna Aguilera
On February 1, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
Kynese Davis, junior guard, maneuvers past UTPB defense. Davis has 14 steals so far this season.

The women’s basketball team won its game against the Texas Woman’s University Pioneers 73-64 at Saturday’s game in the Junell Center.

The Belles are now 14-4 for their season and 9-3 in the Lone Star Conference.

"Our team is just extremely unselfish," Head Coach Renae Shippy said. "We run a lot of different things, but they just find a way to find the open person."

Four Belles finished in double digits including junior Dezirae Hampton with 15, senior Marquita Daniels with 14, senior Ekiya Gray with 11 and sophomore De’Anira Moore with 10.

Gray finished in double digits for her fourth game in a row, and Hampton received eight rebounds.

Shippy said Hampton had an excellent night.

"She’s one of those kids who is extremely consistent, and all year long that’s what she has been able to give us," Shippy said.

Shippy said Hampton averages the most minutes played on their team.

"It’s because she takes care of the ball and is just consistently a great player for us," Shippy said.

Hampton said they played as a team and shared the ball.

"Everything was working for us tonight, so it was a great team effort," Hampton said.

Daniels had seven assists and six steals.

Shippy said she was impressed with Daniels.

"She came in battling a little bit of an injury, and for her to come back and have such a solid game is great," Shippy said.

The game was close in the first quarter; the Belles led by four points maximum.

Texas Woman’s had the lead in the second quarter after some three-pointers and continued to increase their lead.

After a timeout from ASU, the Belles got five steals before the half ended. They had a 12-point lead going into halftime.

With six minutes left in the second half, the Belles mostly maintained a double-digit lead.

In the final minutes, the Pioneers cut the lead to nine points.

Shippy said it was nice to see a lot of teamwork.

"It was definitely a team effort and a lot of kids scoring the ball," Shippy said.

Shippy said they are ranked second in the league.

"Our girls are happy about that, but they’re not satisfied," Shippy said. "We have to value each opportunity that we come on the floor; we can’t look past anybody."

Shippy said they have to make sure they stay focused and play their best basketball.

"We have to bring our best effort, day in and day out," Shippy said. "I’m very proud of our group tonight."

The Belles will be back at the Junell Center on Feb. 8 to face Texas A&M - Commerce.

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