For Missouri Western, nobody knew what to expect out of the Missouri Western women’s basketball team this year.
Only one freshman came in, and they hired a brand new coach from Texas Tech University, Candi Whitaker. The questions were looming around this 14-16 team from a year ago. Since then, the only answers have been positive.
A 17-5 record, an 11-1 home record and a recent statement win against the No. 18 ranked University of Central Missouri has Griffon nation having complete belief in Whitaker.
Although, she would be the first to tell you that she’s being blessed with a ton of great people around her, none better than junior forward Corbyn Cunningham.
Cunningham hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a JUCO transfer from Howard College, which is located in Big Spring, Texas.
In her first year in Saint Joseph, Missouri, Cunningham is putting up significant numbers for the Griffons. She is leading the team in points per game with 14.8 and total points with 326. She is also just a microscopic amount away from the team lead in rebounds with 8.4, trailing only Chris Wilson with 8.5.
Cunningham is shooting 53% from the court and is having great success in the paint. She has been the leader in points for a single game seven different times this year for the Griffons. She also has been the single game rebound leader 12 different times, including the recent win against Central Missouri when she logged 11.
In conference play, Cunningham is leading Missouri Western in points-per-game and rebounds per game. She has hit clutch shots and delivered in key moments, contributing to the success the Griffons have had this year.
Whitaker has spread around her talent this year so far, as she has used all of her players in at least 17 of the team's 22 games. The attendance is high, the scores are high and the expectations are now growing higher.
The Griffons just punched their ticket to the MIAA Championship Tournament and are going to look to make some real noise.
The Griffons play next tomorrow in Pittsburg, Kansas, taking on the Pittsburg State Gorillas, and then it’s on to Saturday, where they take on the Lions from Missouri Southern.