Basketball teams show off skills at midnight

Midnight Madness showcases ASU teams

By Sydney Faison
On October 19, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Ronald Bell, junior, performs a windmill dunk in the Midnight Madness dunk competition. Bell is a new recruit from Atlanta, Georgia.

The ASU men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Midnight Madness in the Stephens Arena at the Junell Center on Sunday, Oct. 14 where students played games and the teams were formally introduced.

The Belle’s Head Coach discussed what is most valuable to her about the team.

"The biggest thing for me as a coach is to have a great relationship with my players," Renae Shippy said. "I want to make sure that the players can be reached on and off the court."

Shippy said she wants the team to make it to Angelo State’s first elite eight. She feels that this goal is achievable.

"My goal is to be a leader and make sure other players can follow my footsteps," Marquita Daniels, senior guard said. "I want everybody to be on the same pace as last year."

Daniels said that the most difficult part of playing her position is making sure everybody is on the same pace so she can translate what the coach wants.

Daniels was the Lone Star Conference Player of the Year last season.

Another returning player includes Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Year De’Anira Moore, who recorded the first triple double in ASU history last season.

Head Coach of the Rams, Cinco Boone, talked about his team as well.

"I want to see growth in each player on and off the court as men such as seeing them graduate," Boone said.

Boone said comradery and team chemistry helps with winning games.

Boone is now in his third season as head coach for ASU.

Both coaches stated that their goal is to win the league and advance to the NCAA tournament.

During the midnight event, students got the opportunity to participate in a pizza relay race where the winner won a gift card to Double Dave’s Pizza.

Attendees played a grocery relay game as well. The participants had to throw groceries in a cart facing the opposite direction as their partner held a basket to try to catch the items.

The participants also did contests for lip syncing and dancing where students had the chance to win $50 and gift cards.

Prizes included gift cards to Buffalo Wild Wings, Wing Stop and Three Parrots.

Free shirts were distributed before and during the event along with glow sticks.

The Rams first game will be against the University of North Texas on Nov. 6 in Denton, Texas.

Belle basketball will play against Sul Ross on Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Junell Center.

Follow @angelosports on Instagram and Twitter or like the page Angelo Sports on Facebook for more updates.

Email tickets@angelo.edu or call 325-942-2583 for information on ticket purchases.

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