As the 2018-19 women’s basketball team prepares for the upcoming season and continues practices, here is a look at this year’s team.
The EKU women’s basketball schedule was released on Sep. 4. The Colonels open the season at home, where they will take on St. Louis University on Nov. 9. Saint Louis finished last season with a record of 17-16 and made a trip to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Head coach Chrissy Roberts said she is “pleased with the progress” the team has made over the past few weeks.
“Preparation wise, getting stronger physically and men- tally,” Roberts said. “Speed and pace are different, so we are working hard to adjust to that and then really focusing on com- peting constantly.”
EKU will be on the road throughout the season.
EKU will travel to Ohio to face Miami University (Ohio) and Ohio University. The travel- ing doesn’t end there for the Col- onels. They will play two games in the Junkanoo Jam at Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas Nov. 22-24. The Colonels will face Florida State and either West Virginia or Iowa.
“The big thing is compet- ing against some really tough competition, so I think that trip along with a lot of the other games will test us mentally,” Roberts said.
Senior Abby Wright is also excited about the trip.
“I’m expecting some great competition... Win or lose we’re taking that game and what we learned about ourselves, and we are going to be able to use that in conference and future games,” Wright said.
Not all student athletes get the chance to travel outside of the United States, and Roberts recognizes that.
“Basketball gives our student athletes the opportunity to travel to places that some of them may never get to without playing sports,” Roberts said.
This is also Wright’s first trip overseas as a member of the basketball team.
“It’s the Bahamas; it’s going to be fun and we should get some wins,” Wright said.
Trips to Western Michigan, Akron and West Virginia and home games against Kentucky Christian, George Mason
and Brescia will wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule this season.
Ohio Valley Conference play will begin on the road Jan. 3 against Austin Peay. EKU will face eight OVC teams on the road this season.
In the middle of OVC play, the Colonels will play two games at regional sites. This is due to EKU hosting the All “A” Classic boys and girls basketball tournaments the week of Jan. 21.
The Colonels will host Jack- sonville State University on Jan. 24 at Berea College. The team will then host Tennessee Tech on Jan. 26 at Georgetown College.
Eastern Kentucky will close out the regular season with a pair of home games on Feb. 28 against Austin Peay and on March 2 against Morehead State.
Roberts and the Colonels have many goals for this season.
“Being constant and paying attention to details and doing the small things all the time... Just working hard for each other,” Roberts said.
This year’s EKU team also has three seniors—Wright, Joya Smith and Madison Pierce—that will be leading the way. Roberts looks to them as role models for the younger players on the team.
“It is very important...being that role model on the floor that the young ones can look to and be like ‘you know they’re going hard, I need to go hard.’ Attitude, effort, going above and beyond for the team—that will go a long way,” Roberts said.
The 2019 OVC Women’s Bas- ketball Tournament is scheduled for March 3-9 in Evansville, Indiana.
Wright said EKU fans should expect a lot of energy out of this year’s team.
“EKU fans should know that we’re going to bring a lot of energy to the court this year like last year. We had our struggles and it showed in our record, but this year we have a lot of new faces, we have a lot of veterans coming back who have been working all summer and it should be a fun year to come watch,” Wright said.
Roberts said she hopes fans feed off of this energy.
“We have a great group that is working extremely hard...it’s a different team than the teams in the past, but I want fans to feed off their energy and hopefully they will fall in love with them,” Roberts said.