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Cougars travel south in quest for first road win


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A win on the road against UTRGV would give the Cougars a 2-4 record on the season and end a four-game skid. | Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

The women’s basketball team will head south Wednesday to break their four-game losing streak when they face the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. The Cougars are at 1-4 after winning their opener and dropping each game since.

Already struggling to close games, the Cougars suffered a heartbreaking four-point loss to the Mercer University Bears last Friday. The 64-60 game left head coach Ronald Hughey wanting more effort from his team.

“If we go down swinging and contesting, riding them and trying to get back in front of those drives, I’m completely happy with that effort on everything,” Hughey said after the game. “But we didn’t get that for 40 minutes. We got it for 33-35 minutes.”

The Cougars seek to improve their effort from start to finish against the UTRGV Vaqueros Wednesday.

Freshman guard Angela Harris will try to continue her hot start to the season. American Athletic Conference’s officials on Monday named her Freshman of the Week.

“This an incredible accomplishment for Angela,” Hughey said in a press release. “For her to earn this award so early in her career is a testament to her hard work and a preview of her potential for the rest of her career.”

Harris notched the award after averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 steals over a two-game span last week. Despite this being her first season, Harris leads the Cougars in scoring with 11.4 points per game and is the team leader in three-pointers made with 11.

Coming into the contest, the Vaqueros are winners of three in a row and are 4-2 on the season. UTRGV won first place in their host tournament the Feast on the Border Tournament over Thanksgiving Break.

Senior guard Shawnte’ Goff led UTRGV offensively. She paces the team with 17.8 points per game.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. from UTRGV Fieldhouse.

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