Head Coach Bob Edmisson earned his 500th win against Northeastern state this past Saturday.
Western (7-1) and Northeastern State (4-3) were tied with 37 seconds left. Western secured the game at the free throw line to win 64-60. Northeastern State led by three with 9:09 to go, but Western went on a 12-0 run that included two Savannah Lentz three pointers and four Northeastern State turnovers to open up a nine-point Western lead at 59-50. Northeastern would eventually come back and tie the game up at 60. KeShara Scott made two free throws with 14 seconds left before a Northeastern State turnover would allow for Brittany Atkins to put the game away with two free throws.
Edmisson’s record is now 500-161 in his 22 years as a college coach. He is 96-53 at Missouri Western after going 212-31 at Oklahoma City and 192-89 at Hutchinson Community College.
Erin Anderson feels a strong connection with Edmisson.
“He is like our Dad, that is about as personal as it will get,” Anderson said.
There was a lot of emotion around this win. Edmisson had tears in his eyes after the win.
“I love all my players. I would say that most don’t understand my relationship with my players,” Edmisson said. “They most of the time see the red-faced coach on the sideline yelling but I think I would say most of my players know that I love them”.
Savannah Lentz scored a season and game high of 12 in the match-up. She was 4-6 from the three point range. Brittany Atkins contributed 11 points and went 4-4 from the free throw to give the team the win. Anderson would also help by leading the team with five steals.
Western took on nationally ranked number 21 Central Oklahoma this past Wednesday at Looney Arena, handing the Broncos their first lost of the season by a score of 71-59. Western had overcame eight point halftime lead. A good halftime speech fired up the ladies, including Atkins.
” The halftime talk inspired us so we came out with energy, you know, and we started hitting three,” Atkins said. “Our coaches let us know what we were doing wrong that they told us even before the game.”
Atkins scored a game-high of 25 points, going 14-14 from the free throw line.
“I could hear the coach yelling ‘make her work, make her work,’ and that got in my head,” Atkins said. “Not in a bad way but in a good way.”
Katrina Roenfeldt contributed as she led Western with a career-high 10 rebounds.
Edmisson expressed his opinions on the game saying.
“Wow, what a game to start off with a nationally ranked undefeated team on your home floor, a team that is very capable going NCAA and making a postseason run,” Edmisson said. “I thought our kids had showed a tremendous amount of toughness. This early in the season and that caliber of a team… I told them straight out my expectations just went up.”
Next up for Western is the rival Bearcats (1-7) at Looney Arena on Dec. 6.