MWSU’s Women’s Basketball Senior Day

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The Missouri Western women were not able to pull off a victory on Senior Day in an evenly-
matched game against no. 24 Central Missouri losing 74-68.
Western (12-12 7-8 MIAA) held Central Missouri (18-5 11-4 MIAA) to 35 percent shooting in the
first quarter yet allowed them to shoot 57 percent the rest of the game.
Western Head Coach Ron Edmonton said that the team showed they could compete against
anyone.
“I think this team showed tonight we’re one of those teams that I think you don’t want to play,”
Edmonson said. “I know we can play at a high level as we showed tonight. We had 4 minutes
and 27 seconds of bad basketball.”
Western was led by Katrina Roenfeldt who scored 29 points and senior Brittany Atkins with 13
points. Atkins felt that the team had a mental letdown to finish the game.
“We let ourselves mentally get tired and we didn’t finish the game out,” Atkins said.
Central Missouri was led by a trio of juniors in Morgan Fleming, Morgan Skaggs and Peyton
Taylor who combined for 56 points.
At the conclusion of the game Western honored their five senior players: Atkins, Jessica Davies,
Cera Ledbetter, Melia Richardson and KeSharra Scott.
Edmonson hopes that the class can take away a lot from their time in St. Joseph, Mo.
“Everyone of those kids, you hope, had a good experience and a lot of good memories,”
Edmonson said. “It’s always tough on Senior Day, that’s the emotion of it.”
Davies is disappointed that the team couldn’t get the victory in their final home game.
“I’m sad,” Davies said. “I wish we could’ve gone out with a lead, but we played good and that a
positive from it.”
Richardson can’t explain how it feels to be able to play under Coach Edmonson for the past four
years.
“I don’t even know how to describe it,” Richardson said. “I love coach Ed(monson) and it’s been
an interesting four years.”
Edmonson admires the effort that Richardson has shown during her time at Western.
“Melia Richardson has been a mainstay for this program for four years,” Edmonson said. “She’s
one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached. You just know that she’s going to give you
everything she has. It’s not about her quality of play, but her heart is big and she plays hard.”
Missouri Western will finish their season with four games on the road. They will begin their road
trip by traveling to Bolivar, Mo. to face Southwest Baptist on Feb. 21.