Despite another loss, Stephens stays positive

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 9:46 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA – The Stephens women's basketball team lost 74-44 on Thursday night to visiting McKendree.

It was the Stars' ninth consecutive loss, dropping them to 8-17 this season. But the Stephens players say they aren't getting too discouraged.

“We really rely on each other,” freshman Megan Sheffield said. “We know the season is not going the way we want, but we help each other and work as hard as we can every game.”

Sheffield and her teammates say they focus on staying positive and not getting down on themselves when they fall behind in a game.

“It’s a mind set. We understand that if we get down it will only get worse,” Sheffield said. “We have to have a positive mind set and hope it will get better.”

After every game, the players discuss the games ahead and how they will go into each one.

“We’ve tried to focus on how we are looking at the remaining games, an opportunity of riding things out,” said Stars coach Dane Pavlovich. “We’ve got to grasp it as an opportunity to win.”

Going into their last game of the season, the Stars say they don't plan to stop fighting hard, and that they want to finish strong.

“We’re in search of a good 40 minutes of basketball,” Pavlovich said. “We have an opportunity to play like we know we can, and how we want to, to have a strong finish to the season.”


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