Story by Blake Sutherland, Daily Flipz Staff Writer
History was made this past week by the Wright State Lady Raider’s basketball team (17-5; HL 9-1) after they captured their eighth straight win against Oakland University (11-10; HL 5-5) in the Nutter Center on Sunday, Jan. 29.
The 88-66 victory, for the Raiders, helped them match the win streaks of the 1987-88 and 2004-05 teams, and made them undefeated in the month of January.
With the win streak, Wright State has put themselves a game back of Green Bay (19-2; HL 10-0), who is undefeated in Horizon League play, for second place in conference play.
Junior Lexi Smith, who recorded her eighth double-double of season, with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Oakland, stressed hard work and her positive feelings towards her teammates following Sunday’s game.
“At this point I’m really proud of my teammates,” said Smith, “and I’m just happy that we got this going on right now and I think that it’s really going to pay off in the long run as well.”
The Raiders had struggled early in the season with inconsistent play. At one point, in late November and early January, Wright State went on a four game losing streak. Yet the strong play from multiple members of the team helped Wright State get to, not only an eight game win streak, but wins in 13 of their last 14 games.
During this run every starter, outside of sophomore Symone Simmons, has averaged more than 11 points per contest. Junior Chelsea Welch, who scored 24 points against Oakland following a career high 33 points against Detroit Mercy believes that the impact from every player on the team has made a difference for the Raiders.
“If everyone saw behind the scenes, how hard everyone worked whether they play 35 minutes or whether they play 10, even the people that don’t even play that much. They get us better,” Welch said following the win. “We definitely have earned it because we’ve worked so hard.”
With this historic streak that the Raiders have pulled off Smith, Welch, and the Raiders have found a new aura of confidence. The team knows that despite this confidence the rest of conference play won’t be easy but they certainly don’t think they’ve peaked either.
“I think we’re pretty humble and are coaches help us,” Welch said. “We definitely take it one game at a time and we know that this is a conference where the team that’s 0-9 can come out any given day and beat the number one team. We definitely know this is a conference where anything can happen.”
“I think that with each game we don’t take it lightly, we don’t take it for granted,” Smith added. “Like Chelsea said, a team 0-8 you never know what can happen and it’s really anybody’s game but we just make sure that we have to execute.”
As far as what people are saying about the team during this streak, this women’s basketball team are tuning them out, no matter if the comments we’re praises or doubts.
“We don’t really try to focus on what everyone else is saying, like on the outside, like ‘Oh, you’re 8-0!’, or ‘Oh we’re surprised. We didn’t think you would get this far,’” Welch said.
The Raiders will have the opportunity to surprise people even more by extending their win streak to record nine games against the Northern Kentucky (3-7; HL 7-15) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m. in the Nutter Center.
Story Edited by : Christopher Pounds, Sports Editor
WHERE: At WSU
WHEN: Saturday Feb, 4
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
NKU RECORD: 7-15
WSU RECORD: 17-5
“We definitely have earned it because we’ve worked so hard.”