The women’s basketball team has a lot of work to do before next season.
The team finished its season with a 67-52 loss against Lewis-Clark State during the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I women’s basketball tournament March 16.
The team was ranked second in NAIA at this time last year with two consecutive national titles, but went into this year’s tournament ranked 15 spots lower.
I understand why she’d take the job and move on to bigger and better things, considering it is a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school, but her leave also cost us most of our previous winning team.
The team started their season with only two returning players, senior forwards Markeisha Johnson and Catherine Krushke. The two are the only seniors on the team. The team only had six other players at the beginning of the year, and later added two more.
“This program and this school is used to high standards, and we’ll continue to stay on that path,” Overton previously told Student Publications.
It seems as though those standards were not upheld.
This year’s stats weren’t too bad at 20-9 with one loss at home, but they weren’t at the same level as last year.
The team was 30-2 last year and was undefeated at home.
I’m not saying Overton is a bad coach or that our players aren’t talented. Maybe Overton did everything he possibly could, but the players were just too tired from having such a small team. Maybe Overton and the team just lacked chemistry.
Either way, the team needs to work hard before next season.