The Morgan State Lady Bears may have loss late last month, by a total score of 90-46 to the University of Iowa in the Puerto Rico Classic, but the lesson they learned from that experience may have sparked their latest success.
The Lady Bears have been shooting their completion out the gym; they have put together a 4-1 record in their last four competitions.
The win streak started against Mount ST. Mary’s (MD) on Nov. 26 in which the Lady Bears won 75-67. Lexus Spears scored a game-and–career-high 22 points on 10-of-17 shooting that night. Spears also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Adre’onia Coleman finished the game with a season-best 21 points and seven rebounds. Breannan Farrar added 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and four steals.
“Playing as one is stronger than playing as five individuals. After the loss against Iowa I can say we as a team came together to be determined not to lose like that again! We knew what needed to be done, and it seems to me everyone locked in on what’s is needed to win,” Farrar said.
The second game in this win streak came on Nov. 29 against Central Connecticut State in which the Lady Bears cruised to a 61-41 victory. Once again Spears led the way with another 22 point outing. Jihayah Chavis scored 12 points, 2-of-3 shooting from shooting from three-point range. The Lady Bears strapped-up CCSU by forcing 25 turnovers, meanwhile turning those turnovers into 24 points.
The third consecutive victory came against New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). The Lady Bears battled their way to a 55-43 score. Spears again led the Lady Bears. Spears scored a game-high 20 points, while adding nine rebounds. Farrar finished with 14 points, five rebounds, three assist, and three steals.
“I believe the Iowa game was a major turn-around for all of us, we realized the things that needed to be corrected in that game for us to be successful and refused on getting beat by those things again,” Spears said.
The Lady kept the winning ship going, with a win against Florida International University on Dec. 4 with a score of 62-51. Spears finished with a game-high 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Trkyrah Williams added 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks. Kayla Horn provided a spark off the bench by scoring 10 points. The Lady Bears scored 34 points in the paint. This win extended the Lady Bears home winning streak to six straight dating back to lasts season.
“I think we can keep our win streak going as long as we keep fighting. We have the talent to go 14-0 before our next loss, we just all have to buy in as a team to find success,” Spears said.
Sadly the Lady win streak ended Dec. 6 to Marshall, with a score of 73-68. Spears led the way again posting 19 points. Farrar scored 17 points, six steals. Horn scored her season best 16 points, and five rebounds. Miller provided life of the bench with 10 points. After the Lady Bears pulled with into two points with 34 seconds left on the clock (70-68), Marshall was able to ice the game with free throws.
Regardless of the Lady Bears last loss, the Lady Bears have been playing great basketball. The last time the Lady Bears loss they wheeled off four straight victories. The Lady Bears will be returning to the court on Dec.18 against West Virginia, so the mountaineers’ better get ready because these aren’t just any group of bears, these are Morgan’s Lady Bears and they are dangerous on the court.