Sunday, January 19, 2003
50th straight home win in sight for Surge
Streak on line against Owens Saturday
By Ryan Ernst
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Shortly before practice started Friday, Cincinnati State women's basketball coach Gary McDaniel called over team captains Kendra Bailey and Brandi Hollingsworth.
He had an announcement to make: "Did you guys know that if we beat Owens (Community College) next Saturday, it will be 50 straight wins at home for us?"
Both players just looked at each other and said no.
It's a credit to McDaniel and the program he has built at the two-year junior college. His captains had never thought about losing a home game, because they've never lost one. Another reason for the low-key reaction is simply following McDaniel's lead.
"I don't really think about (the streak), because I just focus on winning basketball games," he said. "If I start thinking about things like that, my focus isn't really where it should be."
That's why the coach, in his 10th season at Cincinnati State, hadn't told his team until he felt the time was right. Now, with no more home games between the Lady Surge and their shot at home win No. 50, and a score to settle with conference rival Owens, the timing is perfect.
"We're ready to play them for revenge," Hollingsworth said, referring to the Surge's 66-56 loss at Owens on Jan. 4. "We didn't lose a conference game all last year, so it's kind of a rivalry thing now."
Although the team's first conference loss in more than a year was a tough pill to swallow for McDaniel, he is quick to point out that Cincinnati State was not at full strength against Owens for that game.
"Jessica Parsons, our 6-4 center, was out after having knee surgery," McDaniel said.
Now, Parsons is back with her averages of 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game, and McDaniel likes his team's chances.
"(Owens is) not going to get out of here," he said. "We're not going to let them get away this time."
The Surge's most recent home loss also was to Owens, about four seasons ago.
McDaniel can't put his finger on a reason for the team's home success.
"Of course it's easier not to have to travel, especially when we can't stay overnight," he said. "Sometimes we draw a good crowd and sometimes we don't, but they're always a good, vocal crowd. Other than that, I don't really know what it is."
Neither do his players.
"I don't think we do anything different," said Bailey, who averages 13.5 points and 8.3 rebounds a game. "We play just as hard."
The National Junior College Athletic Association does not keep records for home-court winning streaks, so it's hard to determine where the Surge's ranks. The team will go for No. 50 at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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