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Pioneers look to maintain final spot, LSC tournament appearance

After a win and loss over the weekend, the Pioneer basketball team is now 8-12 overall, heading into the final weeks of the regular season, as well as taking the eighth seed for the Lone Star Conference tournament.

During a matchup against UT at Permian Basin, the Pioneers finished with an 18 point lead, 76-58, according to TWU Athletics. According to the box score from last Thursday’s game, Junior Forward Bri’anna Gray tallied 21 points and two steals for the Pioneers. Junior Guard  Desire Phipps came off the bench and scored 17 points during her 20 minutes of play to assist TWU for the win.

A different scene was set following the matchup between the Pioneers and the West Texas A&M Lady Buffs: losing by 36 points, 74-38. According to WT Athletics, WT is ranked among the top 25 teams in Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II poll. According to the box score from the Saturday matchup, TWU gave up 21 points due to turnovers, while only gaining 14 from WT turnovers.

Junior Guard KJ Stastny commented on what she is going to be focusing on for the remainder of the regular season: “I think the most important things I could improve as a player and teammate for the next six games, is to keep bringing as much intensity and consistency every single day of practice and of course every game as I can. I think as a team we need to focus on the things we can control, like the upcoming games, and move on from the past games of the season. Some of the games didn’t go the way we planned or would have liked, but by dwelling on those games it obstructs our focus for the upcoming games. I think we are in the right mindset to finish the season out strong and to the best of our abilities”

Gray also added: “We are pretty focused on winning on our next games and securing our spot in the LSC conference tournament. We need to come into the tournament on a good run, having everyone in sync and focused.”

The Pioneer basketball team will host Eastern New  Mexico  at 7 p.m. on   Thursday, Feb. 8 and   Western   New  Mexico  at   2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10.

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