The U.N.I. womens basketball team will try to maintain at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference lead on Friday night when they host Evansville. The Panthers are 5-1 in the Valley while Evansville is 2-3.
U.N.I. coach Tanya Warren says Evansville is much improved and coming off a big win, and will be ready to play. The Panthers are coming off a 38 point win at Drake in which they shot better than 63% from the floor. She says the players have a good understanding about not looking ahead and focusing on the next game.
The Panthers have moved into contention by winning four straight games. Warren says they have a target on their back, but she says while they are hunted, they are also hunting. Warren says they do not consider themselves the favorite, as there are so many games left to be played.
Warren says balance on offense is one of the keys to their success, as they do a good job of sharing the basketball and getting it to the person with the hot hand. She says they have five people were are capable of scoring and that has led to the success.
By Elwin Huffman KOEL Oelwein