Lucky number 72

12/03/2009 10:02

Keep on winning

Mike Partee

Issue date: 12/3/09 Section: Sports

Seventy-two isn't normally a special number, but when it comes to the LCC women's basketball team, 72 is a great number. With the Titan women's basketball team winning their last 71 consecutive home games, the home game against Lower Columbia College on Dec. 9 could make the magic happen again.

So far, this season appears to be no exception for the Titans. The season opener against Spokane Community College ended with a 71-62 victory for LCC.

In the second game against Highline Community College, LCC blew the opposition away with a score of 89-59, proving that they have the potential to make this season a repeat championship season.

Forward Kristen Huff had a great game against Highline on Nov. 22 with nine rebounds, 10 blocked shots and 20 points. "We have a really good group of women this year," Huff said. "We have good communication on the court and although we have a lot of freshmen, we are playing well."

The last time LCC lost at home was seven years ago on Dec. 6, 2002. The secret to the Titans' success is Coach Greg Sheley, who was recruited in the winter of 1999.

Sheley has built the Titan program to be a force to be reckoned with. His teams play aggressive, up-tempo basketball on offense and a hard-nosed man-to-man style defense.

"We're a strong team," forward Lynette Minthorn said. "We just need to listen to the coach and follow what he says."

Sheley's leadership and aggressive training regimen speaks volumes: 243 wins, eight straight 20-win seasons, five Southern Region titles, the school's first ever consecutive 30-win seasons in 2004-05 and 2005-06, and eight straight NWAACC tournament appearances including three NWAACC championship titles.

"This team has the potential to be another championship team if they keep listening and playing the way we practice," Sheley said.