Women's basketball fails to beat 'struggling' teams
Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 02:01
The Cajuns accomplished two things this weekend, both coming from the game against Arkansas State University: they had more rebounds than their opponent (close to a miracle) and they shot more than 40 percent (actual miracle).
Although one could take these two stats and say maybe the program has pulled it together and is going to win a few games with some minor tweaks, that thought is stamped out by taking a deeper look at the game. UL had a relapse of turnovers in the contest, turning the ball over 20-plus times, which ultimately led to their defeat, not to mention the Cajuns gave ASU only its second win of conference.
Senior Krystal Motley had a few stellar performances earlier in the season, and UL head coach Errol Rogers said she is the Cajuns go-to player. However, Saturday against Arkansas State, she was the Red Wolves go-to player. Motley had seven of the Cajuns' 22 turnovers and was only 3-11 from the field. Motley also made all of the Cajuns' free-throws. She was 4-4 from the charity stripe, and the team only drew one more shooting foul in the entire game.
Senior Michelle Brunker also returned to the court in full form after her injury a couple of weeks ago. Brunker was 4-for-8 from the field, including one 3, for 10 points.
"We just have to keep fighting," UL head coach Errol Rogers before last week's losses. "We are about to start playing the West side, and a lot of teams on the West have been struggling."
And that quote begins this week's segment of "Why Errol Rogers should be fired."
When the head coach of the team admits that the only way the team can get wins is playing teams who have been struggling, he needs to be fired. It is a new low, really. How can he ever expect to have a winning season if he can only beat teams that are struggling?
If the category he has put his team in is not enough, he lost both games against these "struggling teams," which puts UL into the category of "failing teams." Arkansas State was one of the last teams the Cajuns had a chance at beating this season. Every other team, except for Troy University, has at least three wins, which puts them far out of UL's reach.
This week, the Cajuns play the University of North Texas, which sits at the top of the Western division and is favored to win, and UL Monroe, which, with four wins, is also the heavy favorite.