Bearkat hoops gearing up for season

Practice makes perfect for the Bearkat men’s and women’s basketball as the teams gear up for exhibition games in November to begin the season schedule.Erika Ritter, women’s head basketball coach, said it is too early in the season to determine how the team will do this year, but team members have shown a positive outlook for the season with hard work during the last 13 practices. “Alice Johnson is a senior for us and I think that she is showing a lot of leadership in her performance,” Ritter said. “Stacy Allen is coming back this year from a torn ACL in the third game of our season last year, and she is really coming on strong this year, also.”Ritter said she could recognize the entire team for the members’ contribution of hard work and the ability to stay focused with good attitudes.”Right now, the attitude is great and everybody is doing what they need to do in learning their roles on the team,” said Ritter. “The kids that were here want to win and the new kids have all come from winning programs and they want to continue that tradition.”Bob Marlin, men’s basketball head coach said there are high expectations for the team this year and the team’s goal is to win the league and go for the NCAA Tournament.The Bearkats scrimmaged on Saturday with officials. Eddy Fobbs was the leading scorer with 24 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, Marlin said.”We expect to win the conference and the conference tournament and go to the NCAA tournament and win a game there,” Marlin said. “We have got high goals for ourselves and the coach’s poll will be out soon. I’m sure we have been picked high in that, at least, that is what the coaches told me they were going to do, so we will have some expectations.”We have 10 of the 13 back, so we have a little bit of continuity hopefully,” said Marlin. “We were good last year at times; we just couldn’t win our close games and we were one and six in games decided by three points or less.”The men will be in action at Johnson Coliseum on Nov. 4 when the team takes on Athletes in Action at 7 p.m.

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