Women’s basketball preps for postseason run
“Fearless confidence,” a term coined by head coach Maurice Smith, is what has driven the women’s basketball team this season.
“This is a team that’s been together through some tough times, which is a great quality,” Smith said. “It’s just a positive team. They always have an optimistic spirit, which I love about this team.”
The Bobcats have certainly experienced many ups and downs this season with four top players currently injured as the team sits at seventh place in the Peach Belt Conference. This season alone, the team has suffered from as many as six injuries at one time.
“This has been a surprise season. We’re not making excuses, but we’ve been hit with injuries like we’ve never been hit before,” Smith said. “We’ve been learning how to adapt. We actually have to play a different style of basketball right now. We’re kind of a different team.”
While a string of injuries can sometimes tear down even the strongest of teams, the Bobcats have used these letdowns to not only motivate them on the court, but to also build them up as a team off the court.
Jasmine McSwain, a senior and the team’s small forward/guard has led her teammates well in her first season here at GC since transferring from Georgia Southwestern. McSwain averages 4.4 rebounds per game.
“We pride ourselves in being together and being one,” McSwain said. “Even though we may have trials and tribulations as far as injuries, we still uplift each other.
The team has determined that they need at least one win from the next five games in order to make it into the PBC tournament, and they are confident they will meet this goal. Earning a spot in the PBC is common for the Bobcats, as they have gone every year for the last five years straight.
“Just to make it to the tournament I would say we need to at least win one game, but we want to be playing well going into the tournament so we can have some confidence,” Smith said.
Smith explained that one key improvement the team has been working on is defense. The team has seen a noticeable increase in its defensive abilities since the beginning of the season.
Freshman Harper Vick, a point guard with an average of 4.9 points per game, has worked hard for herself and her team and has taken the term “fearless confidence” to heart during her first season at GC.
“There’s always something to improve,” Vick said. “For every game, there’s a different game plan, but we’ve just been focusing in on playing with fearless confidence and staying focused on that plan.”
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