The Griffons have found early success, and a 5-1 record, through the first six games of the 2014-2015 season.
After a close exhibition loss to the University of Missouri, Western began their regular season against the Robert Morris College Eagles in the opening match of the Quincy Classic.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half against the Eagles, the Griffons held on to a 24-23 lead. The game seemed to be a defensive match up until Western began their offensive attack, outscoring their opponent 37-13, leading to a 61-36 score at halftime. Western went on to out-score Robert Morris 49-13 in the second half to win the game 110-49.
The Griffons found themselves in a close game during the second and final round of the Quincy Classic against the Quincy University Lady Hawks. Western went into halftime down by four, with a score of 26-30. At the beginning of the second half the Griffons gained an eight-point lead until the Lady Hawks compiled a 13-3 run to regain the lead. Western would not be able to gain the lead, resulting in a 70-77 loss.
During the home opener against the Rockhurst University Hawks, the Griffons were able to bounce back from their previous loss. Both teams entered halftime tied, but Western was able to secure a lead in the second half. The Hawks kept the game close, but the Griffons were successful in the end, gaining a 71-69 win and improving to 2-1 on the year.
Western continued to defend their home court against the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers. The game stayed close going into halftime with the Griffons winning 37-31, but in the second half, they pushed their lead to 17 points. The Pioneers attempted a comeback, but fell short, giving Western a 76-69 win over MidAmerica.
The home stretch continued into the Holiday Inn Express Classic, where the Griffons faced both the Evangel University Crusaders and the Maryville University Saints. Western had a successful showing for the inaugural year of the tournament with a 75-41 victory over the Crusaders and a 74-64 win over the Saints, elevating their record to 5-1.
Griffon head coach Rob Edmisson attributes the team’s success to their off season dedication and their new transfer talent.
“Our preseason workouts are extensive, they are really no different than a major division I program,” Edmisson said. “We also heavily recruited players that have a high offensive skill set and all of our transfer students have already made an impact on our team offensively.”
Western’s offensive abilities have led to the team averaging 79.3 points per game and 78 total assists. They also have four players that have scored over 50 points including one player that has already scored over 100 points.
Although the offense is running at a high caliber, the Griffons’ defense needs to improve in order for the team to be successful later in the season, according to coach Edmisson.
“We have showed glimpses in the last couple games defensively and once the defense comes along I think we will have the chance to be pretty competitive,” Edmisson said.
The Griffons will have another chance for an offensive show case on Saturday, Dec. 6 against Fort Hays State University.