Bouncing back from their loss against UTSA, the Kats defeated Central Arkansas 62-58 on Saturday.
The Kats were lead by freshman Britni Martin and Bre Agnew with 15 and 12 points respectively. However, the Kats struggled as a whole, shooting only 36 percent from the field.
“This wasn’t a really pretty game, but it was a victory,” as said by Coach Nichols to gobearkats.com. “I was proud of the way the girls kept fighting even though everything wasn’t going perfectly. Central Arkansas fought hard as well. It was an exciting game.”
With the win, the Bearkats leveled their conference record at 4-4, and put themselves on the brink of several milestone accomplishments.
The team has not had a five-win conference record since the 2003-2004 season, when the team posted a 7-9 Southland record. During their game on Wednesday against the 0-9 Nicholls State, the Kats might be reminded of themselves as they were a year ago.
The Kats have a great chance to reach the conference five-win mark. However, the game is far from in the bag, as the Kats have struggled on the road, and have yet to win a game this season in the gym of another team.
If the Kats can win tomorrow, the team would bring itself within sight of an even bigger milestone- an even winning conference record as well as an appearance in the Southland Conference tournament.
With three or more wins in the next seven games, the Kats would secure their best conference record since the 1999-2000 season when the they went 11-7 in conference.
The Kats are currently holding onto eighth place in the Southland Conference, which is the final position that gets into the tournament. If the Kats can hold onto the spot or move up, they will make their first appearance in the tournament since 2004, where they lost in the quarterfinals.
The Bearkats will travel to Thibodaux, LA to take on Nicholls State on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m.