13 years ago
Candice Randolph

A game against cellar-dwelling LeTourneau was just what the doctor ordered to cure the recent ills of the UTD women’s basketball team.

Sophomore guard Jennifer Longoria led five Comets in double figures with 23 points in UTD’s 84-73 home victory Jan. 29 ending a seven-game losing streak. The win was the Comets’ first since a Jan. 4.

Throughout their recent dry spell, the UTD women have remained confident in their ability to finish the season strong.

During the losing skid, the average margin of defeat was only seven points – with three of the losses coming by margins less than five.

“When you lose in a close game it’s hard, but the girls come back and fight in every game,” said head coach Rachelle Leonard. “I am very pleased with their resilience.”

The Comets’ 4-13 record this season – one year removed from a 7-18 mark – is not indicative of the progress that Leonard said she feels the team has made.

“The games have been close and we’ve even held the lead with five to 10 minutes left, but we’re just not finishing,” Leonard said.

The team has seven games left to play – all conference games – before they wrap up the season Feb. 21 at the University of the Ozarks.

The Comets have put themselves in position to improve on last season’s 2-9 conference mark. The Comets are 2-5 heading into the final seven games of the season.

“We’ve grown together as a team and we’re going to continue to seek the opportunity to come out on top,” Leonard said. “It’s our turn.”