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UST Womenís Basketball Team Gets Ready For the Season Ahead
9/26/2011
Photo: UST Woemn's Basketball TeamWith less than a month until the University of St. Thomas women’s basketball team season opener, Head Coach Michael Ricks plans to guide his 16 players all the way to the national championship through what many would consider a very rigorous schedule.

The inaugural schedule pits the freshman program against Langston (Okla.), who went 20-2 last season, Texas Weslayan, who went 18-4 and Bacone College (Okla.), who went 13-9, all before the holidays. Furthermore, the University of Houston women’s basketball team, who finished last season 26-6, will host UST at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

“Many people might think that we’re putting the cart before the horse for playing such a tough schedule so early in our history,” said Ricks. “Our reason for wanting to do that is simple; I want us to be a first year program that is not afraid of anybody. The opportunity to play teams like the top-25 Division-I Lady Cougars will be a challenge, but we will make the best of it. We will go with the intention of giving them a great game and I don’t see any reason why we will not be up to the challenge.”

Ricks is no stranger to challenges. Before becoming a part of the St. Thomas community, Ricks served as the Northeast Christian’s athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach where he overhauled the girls’ basketball program, bringing the varsity girls’ record to 81-34.

Ricks has championship aspirations and is convinced that the team can play their way into the Red River Athletic Conference Championship.

“We will represent the University with class and dignity and compete the same way,” said Ricks. “We want to be that first-year program that exceeds expectations and work towards clenching a spot at the conference tournament in March. If we really come together as a team, we would love to be at the national tournament.”

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