Men and Women’s Basketball Teams Finish Regular Season Strong
By Brianna Teaff, Copy Editor
The Hardin-Simmons University men and women’s basketball teams both finished out their regular season on Saturday, Feb 22 versus University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark. The men’s team won 84 to 69 versus Ozarks and the women’s team won 75 to 62.
Both the men and women’s team began post season play in the American Southwest Conference quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 27. The men played UT Dallas at Sul Ross State in Alpine. They lost 77-61, ending the season with a record of 11-15 overall. The women’s team played LeTourneau University in Richardson and won 65-63, continuing in post season play in the ASC Semifinals.
Matthew Brackett, head men’s basketball coach, shared how the regular season went this season. “We are proud of the way our guys have competed this season. We may not have the record that we want but we still have an opportunity to compete in the conference tournament next week [Feb. 27] and we feel like we can make a strong showing there,” Brackett said.
Brackett continued, explaining both what went well and what could have gone better this season.“We have finished the season strong winning some tough games and giving ourselves a chance to continue the season. We also have lost several really close games down the stretch that we wish we could get back. But our team has learned a lot throughout the season and have gained some great experience that we can use during the conference tournament,” Brackett said.
Brackett shared what his favorite part of the season has been. “The best part of the season has been the relationships and the memorable experiences with our players and coaches. We have a great group of young men that care for each other and love HSU basketball. Our guys have faced a lot of adversity and continued to stick with the process,” Brackett said.
Keenan Holdman, a senior point guard, shared what he believed went well during this season. “We’ve come together as a team and have been a fun group to be around,” Holdman said.