RUSTON — Love was definitely in the air this past weekend for Valentine’s Day. Erik McCree dished out some sweet treats to Bulldog fans and even broke the hearts of Middle Tennessee and UAB in the process, averaging 25 points per game combined, including a career high 33 in Saturday’s win over the Blazers.
Coach Eric Konkol was no doubt impressed with McCree’s efforts, saying, “He invests a lot of time into his game. And, he’s becoming a good shooter, a very good shooter. He also gave us a very good effort on the backboards, which we really needed. We’re not expecting 33 points every night, but we’ll take it when it comes.”
Kind of like love in real life, Coach Konkol and company will now break up and move onto UTSA, but this time it’s a long distance affair, in San Antonio. But, that’s not going to worry anybody on this team!
You know, we played a lot of road games this year. We’ve been successful and not so successful,” said Konkol. “But, you know, you have to be really tough. You have to be tough physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yet, if we just stick to our game plan, and just stick together and play really, really hard, we should be ok in the end.”
Moving onto the Lady Techsters, they were heartbroken away from home with losses to Middle Tennessee and UAB, that included turning the ball over a season high 27 times and perhaps some uninspired play.
“Middle Tennessee hangs their hat on pressure defense. And so, we knew going into that game that we had to take care of the ball,” said Coach Tyler Summitt. “But to have 27 turnovers is very disappointing. The thing about the UAB game, if you looked at the first half, it was a complete lack of effort, and not shooting well. And, if you look at the second half, we weren’t shooting well, but we played harder.”
But, with the Techsters’ loss, they’re still in a fourth place tie in the conference stadings, so there’s hope for that two day bye in the conference usa tournament, but they must get through the dog days of February.
Summitt continued, “It’s whoever can have enough grit, to push through. You know, a lot of our freshmen, in high school they’d be done by now, or finishing up by now. We’ve got to get used to this long season.”
After the two disappointing losses, Coach Summitt did say practices have been a tad bit tougher, but he just wants his players to be motivated and remember why they’re here.