Girls’ Basketball Punches Ticket to NCAA Tournament By: Megan Jewell
The Cowgirls basketball team has had a phenomenal season this year, earning the American Southwest Conference (ASC) regular season champion title and having a 23-3 record so far.
“This has been the most fun team to play with,” Parris Parmer, a senior exercise science major from San Angelo and forward from the Cowgirls basketball team, said. “Being a team of several veterans, our standards are high. We’ve been successful because each day in practice is a battle.”
Their hard work this season has paid off, and despite being upset in the ASC tournament, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Cowgirls put themselves in a great position by their success this season to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.
“Losing to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) was a huge unexpected blow to our momentum,” Kennedy Green, a freshman criminal justice major from Dalhart and center on the basketball team, said. “However, getting a bid gave us another chance to show the nation what we are capable of. We are entering this tournament with a chip on our shoulder looking to avenge that loss. You can expect to see us playing even harder in our upcoming games because nothing in the tournament is guaranteed. I am so excited to see what we accomplish in the next few games.”
The Cowgirls will travel to San Antonio to face the University of Redlands in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.
“We are fired up about making the NCAA tournament this year,” Paris said. “We worked our tails off all year to set us up in a good spot. Our goal as a team is to go further than last year. We know that the tournament games are tough and each game could be our last, so playing harder and tougher than the other team for 40 minutes is our goal.”