Before next semester begins, Missouri Western has six games to play — three at home, three on the road. The women have some work to do.
The Griffons have one priority they must fix this month, and that is scoring. Coach Lynn Plett hasn’t figured it out yet, but if the Griffons can start shooting a higher percentage, they will likely win more games.
Jessica Koch leads the conference in points score per-game with just over 21. Outside of her though, the Griffons haven’t had much success, especially from the 3-point-line.
Western has shot 34 percent and are averaging 58 points-per-game. The biggest reason to Western’s slow start isn’t coaching, and it isn’t the players on the court. Arguably the best MIAA player — Asheligh Curry — has yet to suit up for the Griffons. Curry, who played for Livin’ the Dream while she did not attend Western, has not been able to play as the NCAA has not made a decision on when she will be able to use her eligibility. It’s highly likely the guard won’t play until next semester, so the Griffons might not see her for a while.
Curry will up the scoring by plenty if she plays the way she did when she last played for Western, back in the 2006-07 season. Until then, Western has to find scoring outside its senior Forward, Koch.
First game up for the Griffons — Fort Hays State. Hays is undefeated as of Tuesday night and may in fact stay undefeated when the two teams play Dec. 10.
A week later Western plays Washburn on the road. Western has a two-week break before it plays on New Years Eve against former MIAA team Nebraska-Omaha.
Flipping the calender to the next year, Western has three straight home games — Northwest Missouri State, Lincoln and Truman State. Northwest is always a fun game, while Truman sits at 6-1 as of now. Lincoln has one of the better defenses in the MIAA, behind guards Arriana Walker and Cierra Emerson. Western’s defense looks good enough to keep the Griffons in each game, but just like any other collegiate team, they must score baskets in order to win.