Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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a ing the groundworl With only three returning champions women face immense rebuilding project Watching the graduating class of 1981 leave ACU must have been a painful ex- perience for ACU women's basketball coach Burl McCoy. Earlier in the year, nine of the women in that graduating class, one a 6-foot-5 center and the other an All-American forward, had helped provide his Lady Wildcats with a 31-7 season record and a state championship. At the start of the season only three players returned, and the other team members were freshman ballplayers from high school teams. The only option for the Wildcats was to rebuild. It usually isn't an easy process, and for the ACU women's team, it was a season of sometimes painful reconstruction. The Cats endured an eight-game losing streak, six losses by five points or less, and the loss of two key players. As Coach Mc- Coy put it, "It was a growing season." At the beginning of the season McCoy was a bit uncertain about what kind of team he would have. Senior guards Michelle Cooper and Robbie Freeman, and junior guard Debbie Woodruff returned from the previous year. A pair of transfers, center Camilla Scott and forward Callie Barkley added strength to the team, along with Jana Nash, a junior forward who had not played the previous season. The season began with a bang for the Lady Cats as they defeated Texas Chris- tian University 89-59. Both teams shot well, but the difference came in rebounds as ACU dominated the boards. Scott led the scoring with 23 points, and Coach Mc- Coy emptied the bench after the Cats built a 38-point lead. 80 Women's Basketball After a solid 63-57 win over Angelo State University, the Cats launched into a three-game spin against junior college teams. The games against junior colleges didn't count on the season record. After a narrow 62-59 win over Temple Junior College, the Cats lost to Howard Junior College 67-59 and to McLennan Junior College in the Howard Invitational Tournament. The games against the junior college teams must have been an omen because it was quite a while before the Cats won another game. Officially it was called an eight-game losing streak, but that did not include the three losses to junior college teams. More trouble was ahead at Sam Houston State University, where the Bearkats defeated the Cats 63-51. The trouble continued at the Texas Christian University tournament where questionable officiating ruined the team's chances in a loss to Texas Wesleyan Col- lege. Poor shooting didn't help the Cats' cause in a close 58-54 loss to TCU, and the losing streak was far from finished. Their confidence weakened, the Lady Cats lost 59-56 to Howard Payne Universi- ty, as 28 turnovers proved to be the downfall. After another loss to Howard Junior College 65-50, the Wildcats traveled to West Texas State University where they lost a heartbreaker in the last 22 seconds, 74-73. The Christmas holidays brought no glad tidings for the Cats. The team went from bad to worse. The bad news was two more losses: a 73-54 foul-away loss to Midwestern State University and an 83-53 drumming by Southern Methodist Univer- sity. But the worst news was the loss of tp key players. i Scott, the team's leading scorer, v dropped from the squad because disagreements with McCoy, and Ja Nash, the team's leading rebounder, q the team in support of Scott. "They weren't happy with us, and weren't happy with them," said MCC Nash and Scott said they quit the te: because of favoritism on the part McCoy. Things finally started to look up for 1 Cats after the Christmas break, but 1 until after another heartbreaking loss Sam Houston State. The team batt. back game only to lose in the last two minu because of Sam Houston free throws. The losing streak ended when Tel Lutheran came to Abilene. Desp somewhat erratic shooting, the Cats vs 78-70, largely because of a good defens effort. That defense was to play an even bigg part as the Cats pulled out another w this one a 65-59 victory over Midweste- State as nine players scored for ACU. The wins lifted the team's spirits. 'Il pressure of trying to win was gone, and A Wildcats were able to concentrate on pl: ing good basketball. from a 10-point deficit late in 1 Opposite page: leh - Caroline Peterj shoots over a Howard Payne defende an 85-43 win over the Yellow Jacketsg t right - Michelle Cooper goes up fot jump shot,' bottom right - Rob Freeman shoots over a Howard Paj opponent.

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