CHICKASHA – The Drover women’s basketball players are heading into the New Year and conference play with only a handful of games under their belts with a short non-conference schedule, but senior Paige Pulliam said the team’s chemistry will make up for a lack of playing time.
“I think we actually have a really good shot. We have a lot of chemistry off the floor and on the floor,” she said. “I really think with our chemistry and how much we get along with each other and how much we communicate every day … will show on the floor, and we really have a good chance.”
In one of the Drovers’ November exhibition games, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma got to compete against NCAA Division I Oral Roberts at their home opener at the Mabee Center. The house was packed with elementary school students from all over Tulsa, which added pressure to the team, Pulliam said.
“We’ve never played in from of that many people and that’s really nerve-racking, but I’m really proud of how my team handled that,” she said. “We came out and we battle really hard in that game.”
Pulliam, who is set to graduate in April, said she just has one simple goal in her final season with the Drovers.
“Win. Basically, it comes down to one word: win. We’ve got to find a way to do it, even being small,” she said. “We’ve got to play smarter than our opponent every single game. We’ve got to play bigger. We’ve got to play stronger. We’ve got to go harder every single game, and that’s how we are going to win ball games.”