Western women basketball ends losing streak

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The Missouri Western women’s basketball team (11-11) ended their eight-game losing streak with a win 57-44 win over Lincoln (3-19) on Saturday. Although it wasn’t the best game they have played with 17 turnovers — eight of them in the first quarter — they were still able to come out with the win.

This win over Lincoln will count as Rob Edmission’s 100th win as head coach at Western.

“I will be honest with you, I am not much of a counter,”  Edmisson said. “I’m more happy the fact that our kids got a win and got off the slide and stopped that huge snowball that been trekking down the pikes peak mountain for eight games.

Edmisson’s bigs Dossou Ndiaye and Cera Ledbetter were key factors in the contest.

“It feels good just because we had a rough month this January, but coming into the new month with a win, we just have to build off it,” Ledbetter said. “It wasn’t one of our best wins but we will take it.”

Ledbetter contributed 12 points to the win with a consistent mid-range jump shot.

“I’ve always had it in the back of my mind, but I never had a coach that allowed me to play my game,” Ledbetter said. “I think the coaches trust me a little bit because I work on it in practice. With him trusting me, I feel more confident popping into the game.”

Ndiaye also had 10 points, combining with Ledbetter for an overall of 22 points and were 11-15 shooting percentage.

“I think it just came down to us talking to each other and making sure we locked everybody on defense and communicating,” Ndiaye said. ‘Communicating was a big key to tonight’s win.”

Savannah Lentz and Keshara Scott were also notable players in the win. Lentz led all scorers with her 13 points. Scott had eight points and 15 rebounds, just one shy of her career-high. Western out-rebounded Lincoln 43-27 in the game and out-scored them 28-16 in the paint.

“If we would have been better at it in the first, it wouldn’t have been any doubt,” Edmisson said. “We’ve been getting some productivity there, but we weren’t good there all day. We had eight turnovers in the first quarter.” It was by far not what I would call high level quality basketball.

Despite the criticism of the win, Edmission is looking forward to continue winning.

“That’s what its all about, getting a win and lifting their spirits, and hopefully they will be able to regroup and make a run here for the rest of the season.”

Missouri Western travel to Topeka, Kansas, to take on Washburn University (14-8) on Wednesday, Feb. 7th. Then on Saturday, they will head to Emporia, Kansas, to take on Emporia State (13-7).