While the other students were at home relaxing with their families, the fighting Koalas were preparing to match up against some tough competiton over the break. So far they have competed in 3 of the 6 games scheduled (one of which is rescheduled for the 21st) during winter break. In those three games the Koalas came out with a record of 1-2 which has them at an overall record of 5-8 (4-6 in conference). With the second half of the season approaching rapidly the Koalas have to find a second gear and get on a winning streak if they are going to have any hope of making it to the conference tournament. Currently the Koalas are ranked 11th in the conference but are only 2 games behind in the standings for the 8th and final position for the tournament.
The first game over the break was against NCAA Div. I, Campbell University. It was obvious that the Koalas were not in sync from the opening tip-off of the game. They were outplayed and outscored the entire game. The game ended with a score of 93-46, the largest defecit of the year.
After a brutal loss at the hands of Campbell the Koalas hosted Columbia International. This game featured a much needed, well-rounded and focused game play by the entire team. Led by Sophomore Denijah Johnson who recorded her 3rd double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, the Koalas had a complete team win. Each starter scored in the double digits including Johnson. Amber Sherrill and Jenesai Mohammed both had 10 points, Victoria Williams scored 12 and Morgan Varn had 13. The koalas walked away with a win, 72-63.
The most recent game was played at home against Montreat College. This game featured a scoring outburst by Morgan Varn. She led the team with a game total and season high, 27 points. The koalas led throughout most of the game but Montreat would not go away and were able to tie the game up and send it into overtime for first time this season. The start of overtime went much like the rest of the game with Varn dominating in the paint, but with a few missed freethrows and some questionable calls by the offcials Montreat sneaked away with a victory over the Koalas 79- 76.
The Koalas look to avenge that heartbreaking loss as they take on Point at home on January 10th at 5:30pm.