The spring conference basketball season is in full swing for Murray State College as they prepare for their spring home opener. Both teams are 0-2 this spring falling on the road in the first two games versus Northern Oklahoma College-Enid and Carl Albert State College. The teams look to bounce back at home against Western.
The women head into the game with a 6-11 record. Head Women’s Basketball Coach Justin Cellum says that the conference is balanced, and his players will have to show up and play well each night to get the win. He expects his players to do just that.
“Our biggest challenge throughout the season is staying focused on getting better each day,” he says. “If we can focus on the present and work on improving each day, we will just fine.”
Heading into the spring season, the team was among the top twenty-five teams in Division I in free throws made per game (18.3) and three-point field goals per game (6.9). The lions-share of those 3-pointers and free throws came from sophomore guard Tierani Richardson. At the break, Richardson was 10th in Division I in points per game (21.9), 9th in total points (329), and second in free throws made (112). Cellum says all of his players have stepped up to be leaders and fill their roles on the team.
“Sophomores Tierani Richardson and Ebony Harrison have done a great job of taking a lot of responsibility on the court,” he says. “And the freshmen are really starting to come along get more comfortable playing at the college level.”
Cellum says the efforts by freshman forwards Tosin Mabodu and Mercy Agwaniru under the goal with defense and rebounding have been a major contribution. On the outside, he says freshman guards Tine Randrup-Thomsen and Morgan Fletcher have done a solid job of running the team from the point guard positions. Looking to the spring, he sees other players continuing to step up.
“ShayLynn Bass and Trinity Davis continue to get better each game and have been giving us scoring,” he says. “We didn't have Devyn Johnson for the fall semester and I'm really looking forward to having her the rest of the season. She gives us a lot of toughness and energy.”
The spring home opener for Murray State College is Thursday, January 15 versus Western Oklahoma State College. Tip off for the women is 6:00 p. m., with the men’s game following at 8:00 p. m. Coach Cellum hopes Aggie fans come out to support their hometown college teams.
“Our fan support has been amazing all season,” says Coach Cellum. “Most opposing coaches I talk to after our home games have complimented us on the crowds we've been getting.”