Three wins in seven games marked inconsistent play as the No. 20 HC Broncos forged through January and a very difficult GPAC schedule.
The Broncos ranked 14th at the beginning of January, but J-Term proved to be a rough patch for the team. The Broncos lost to three GPAC ranked opponents in the top 25 during the term. However, team maturity does not seem to be a factor in the recent drought.
“I think we have a very talented team,” said junior guard Brittany Wong. “That being said, I think youth played a big part last year with our team’s inconsistency. However, this year I think we have grown a great amount and think you can definitely see the maturity in our team as a whole.”
As the season draws to a close, the Broncos remain in the running despite missing last year’s NAIA tournament and dropping four out of the last five games. Currently, HC holds an 8-7 conference record and an overall record of 16-8. These women are determined to make their way to Sioux City.
“It is our ultimate goal to not only enter the NAIA tournament, but to win the tournament. Our focus however, is not to get ahead of ourselves but focus on the game at hand; if we can do that, then the rest will take care of itself,” Wong said.
With six games left, the Broncos look to fix mistakes and prepare themselves for the GPAC tournament.
“We are hoping to improve the mental part of our game. Again, I believe we have a very talented team and the capability to compete with any team,” Wong said.
The Broncos take on the 5-11 Dordt Defenders Sat. at 2 p.m. in the Lynn Farrell Arena. After, HC will play Nebraska Wesleyan next Wed. at home at 6 p.m.