Improvement the plan for Clippers

Katie Brickman
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Women’s basketball team returns to action on Friday

The start of the season wasn’t particularly pleasant for the Briercrest Clippers women’s basketball team.

Tracy Fimpong of the Briercrest Clippers takes the ball up the court during a game against St. Mary's University College in first half Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference action. Submitted photo

They lost eight straight games to open the season, but finished the first half with two big victories.

“It was a tough first semester. We played five of the top six teams in the ACAC, so it was a little bit rough,” stated Chad Romanuk, head coach of the Clippers. “Three of those teams were ranked nationally, so we had some tough games.”

In those eight losses, they averaged 50 points a game, whereas their opponents averaged 74 points.

“There were some games that I thought we could have won against teams like Medicine Hat, but we didn’t end up doing that,” said Romanuk.

Those two losses to Medicine Hat College in November were by 16 points and 17 points, respectively.

The Clippers will look to continue the second half of the season on the high note of which they left the first half — with wins.

“This next semester is looking better for us,” he said. “Obviously not playing the top five or six teams helps. I think we have some really good chances to win and I am excited about that.”

In their next 10 games, they will face teams that have one point, five points or seven points more than them currently and one team that is below them in the standings.

“I think for us, we had a goal to make playoffs and we still want that goal. On a lesser level, we need to win the games that we should win,” said Romanuk. “There are a lot of games that we think we can win. If we do that, we have a good chance of making playoffs.”

The biggest uphill battle this team has faced this season is their inexperience at the ACAC level. Three of their 10 players are in third year, one is in her second year and six are first year athletes.

“That is always an issue. Experience is really key to this league,” stated Romanuk.

However, Romanuk believes that what the team does in practice will be the most beneficial to all the players, no matter what experience level.  

“I think we are learning how we have to practice. It all begins with practice,” he said. “We step into games and see that we aren’t practicing at the level that we need to. I think that will change now that they know what it takes to play in this league.”

The Clippers get back to action on Friday (6 p.m., Reimer Gym) against Concordia University College and again on Saturday (6 p.m., Reimer Gym) against Keyano College.

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