MSU coach Christopher Reay
On the key to coming back from 10 points down with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter:
“That group that I subbed in was an instant spark. Mandy Withey, Markayla Johnson, Kaki Simpson all did a phenomenal job along with Mica. We made a run and started making shots and getting defensive rebounds which was hurting us most of the night.”
On if the team has discussed senior night on Saturday:
“We normally don’t. They know that it’s the last game under the dome and so we’re just going to continue to go out and play. The best part is the festivities are after the game so it’s business as usual until after the game and then we’ll relax and enjoy the senior night.”
On confidence after winning two games in a row:
“It’s a huge confidence boost to know that we can win close games after being able to put UT Tyler away when they made a comeback. Arkansas-Fort Smith is a good team and it’s nice to go into the Oklahoma Christian game with that confidence. We’ve been preaching all week that this is revenge week because we dropped both games on the road to these two teams. We just have to complete the week.”
On the team’s balance recently:
“Liz (Elizabeth Cathcart) is still one of our consistent players and Hannah (Reynolds) has been effective here and there and we’ve had great contributions from our bench. Mandy (Withey) had a huge rebound down the stretch where it looked like she almost hit the rim. The whole team’s been playing well and that’s what we need to do to be successful.”
On what the combination of Mica Schneider and Elizabeth Cathcart provides the team:
“It allows us to go inside out to where they can’t go any one direction and it frees both of them up especially when they can play off of each other. I hope that we can continue that the rest of the season.”
MSU improved to 8-11 in LSC play and moved into sole possession of the No. 11 spot in the conference tournament with Oklahoma Christian falling 78-58 on the road to Cameron.
MSU has a two-game lead over Texas A&M International and UT Permian Basin who are tied in the No. 13 spot in the conference standings.
Mica Schneider has scored 103 points in her last four home games for a 25.75 point average in those games.
MSU won consecutive games for the first time since defeating Cameron in consecutive games on January 15 and 18.
MSU tied the overall series at 2-2.
MSU will play the final game of a four-game homestand and its final home game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Oklahoma Christian.
UAFS will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon against Cameron at 2 p.m.