SAN ANGELO, Texas — Winning only one game in your regular season is an experience no team wants to encounter. The Angelo State University women's basketball team have been using its last season as fuel to clean up its mistakes and become more dominant.
The ASU women's basketball team started this season 0-8, mirroring the same way they started last year. However, with a new coaching staff and a committed team, the Rambelles have made quite the turnaround. The Rambelles are 14-11, eyeing a championship to close out the season.
Alesha Ellis, head coach, said the beginning of the season was tough for her team but they've continued to improve game after game.
"To start the season off 0-8 it's tough, it's one of the toughest things I've ever done. It could have gone downhill from there but the kids kept coming back to practice and they kept believing in our program," Ellis said.
The Rambelles had new additions to the team, such as sophomore guard Blakely Gerber, who has made a huge impact. Gerber played two seasons at Wayland Baptist before joining the Rambelles. She totals a season-high of 23 points, 10 rebounds along with five assists and thinks none of this would be possible without her teammates.
"I really just rely on my team and do whatever they need me to do. If that means rebounding or scoring, that's what I'm going to do," Gerber said.
Freshman forward Madeline Stephens who recently received Defensive Player of the Week believes the stride her team has now can get them far in the playoffs.
"Conference championship is the biggest goal going into that tournament. Making it farther into the region, getting all the way to the Elite 8, winning the whole thing is the big goal here. Playing this way as a team, playing this hard right now is really great for us," Stephens said.
The Rambelles will look to advance their five-game winning streak when they face off against Texas A&M Commerce at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.