Lady Rams Defeat Milligan College
Before the Lady Rams played their winning game against Milligan College. Coach Jessica Brokaw told them this: “Before I can believe in you, you have to believe in yourself and in your team. “I need you to play with heart and intensity for 40 minutes. If you do those things, nothing is impossible.”
February 8, 2011
With a home court advantage Feb. 2, the Lady Rams defeated Milligan College 83-72, making their record 8-15 (3-6).
This win was a matter of pay back, said Coach Jessica Brokaw. The other matchup between the colleges went in Milligan’s favor, but Brokaw thought they were ready this time.
Surprisingly, Brokaw canceled practice the day before the Milligan game, after a miscommunication about time and location. After some discussion, Brokaw knew she had a tough decision. She had to do something that would let the team know she was now the head coach. She could run the team, or just cancel practice, and she decided to cancel practice. The young women showed Brokaw their dedication and heart when every player showed up early for the shoot around before the game.
“Before I can believe in you, you have to believe in yourself and in your team,” Brokaw said in the pregame talk. “I need you to play with heart and intensity for 40 minutes. If you do those things, nothing is impossible.”
The team delivered against Milligan, and it’s looking forward to a home game this week, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Following a 76-74 loss on the road Saturday to Union College, the women’s team has an opportunity Wednesday to take back a win from Tennessee Wesleyan College. The loss was a winnable game; the Rams led most of the game until the last minute. The final score was 51-56.
Brokaw believes the team needs to be themselves to come back with a win this week. Brokaw thinks the team has learned a lot and will be more prepared to take on the challenge this week.
The Lady Rams are encouraging fans to wear pink to support them Wednesday in their Shoot for a Cure event for breast cancer. Donations for the cure are accepted.
Kia Gilliard is averaging 9.23 points and Takieya Rouse is close with an average of 8.39 points per game. Kia Gilliard is also leading the team in assists with an average of 1.86 and in steals with an average of 2.09. Megan Randall is leading the team in rebounds with an average of 4.55. Katrina Morris is close with an average of 4.4 rebounds, and she leads the team in blocks with an average of .91.
The women’s team has four games left in regular season.