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Wiley women get ready for RRAC tourney

By Nathan Hague
March 4, 2015 at 4 a.m.

March Madness is upon us as the Wiley College women's team is gearing up for the Red River Athletic Conference tournament. The Lady Wildcats will play their first game Friday night at LeTourneau.

Wiley and Our Lady of the Lake each have a first-round bye and are awaiting an opponent. Wiley, seeded No .2, will take on the highest remaining seed while Our Lady of the Lake, seeded No. 1, will take on the lowest remaining seed.

"We're very excited to just be in the conference tournament," Wiley head coach Courtney Pruitt said. "It's always a blessing to have a good year and we want to make sure we end on a high note. We have to have a good showing as we approach the end of the season."

Pruitt and her team are well aware that there will be no easy game.

"We're playing for a conference championship," she added. "This is anyone's game and we'll be playing some people for the third time this season. We've seen each other a lot, we've studied each other and we know each other's mannerisms. It's all about who goes out and gives it their hardest. We have to bring our A-game."

There are five seniors on Wiley's team, and Pruitt says one of the major motivational factors for the team is to see those five seniors end their college career on a high note.

"It's one of the top things on our list," she said. "These ladies have worked hard for so long and they're all graduating in May, so it would be great just to see them go out as champions and college graduates. Who can ask for more? We hope come together and accomplish that."

Wiley is dealing with minor injuries but Pruitt is hopeful of getting over those injuries before the first game.

"We've got a couple banged up with ankle and knee injuries but we're hoping everybody will ready to play," Pruitt said. "This is for all the marbles. We're all in because we have nothing to lose. It's the end of the season. I pray we're all up to the challenge because whoever we get, it's going to be a tough basketball game."

Despite playing closer to home than the other schools in the tournament, Pruitt says there's no home-court advantage for the Wildcats.

"LeTourneau is still a neutral site for everyone," she said. "It's closer to Marshall and it's not too far from home but it's still not home. We never know how weather is going to be and fans may not want to come out and watch. It's not our home court because it's not at Wiley."

Wiley's game is slated for a 6 p.m. tipoff.



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