Queen Bees finishing strong on the court

By John Rohlf – Staff Writer

In the middle of December, the St. Ambrose women’s basketball team dropped a game on the road against Our Lady of the Lakes University to drop their record to 6-5. Flash forward two months later, and the Queen Bees have not lost a game since.

The Bees currently own a 14 game winning streak since their last loss. This includes a perfect 9-0 record in conference play. One thing this winning streak has shown is the ability for the Queen Bees to win games in a variety of ways. During the streak they won a game scoring 101 points and have won a game scoring 47 games.

No win during this recent winning streak was more important than the victory against Mount Mercy. The Bees went on the road to beat the Mustangs, giving them a two game edge in the conference.

“Right now we’re kind of sitting in the drivers seat,” St. Ambrose women’s head coach Krista Van Hauen said. “We won against Mount Mercy, so we have a two game lead with four games left and we would have the tiebreaker.”

One thing that has helped the Queen Bees in conference play was their non-conference schedule. They were tested early on, and it seems to be paying dividends in conference play.

“We’ve definitely learned a lot from our non-conference schedule,” Van Hauen said. “We continue to get better with every single practice and every single game.”

One of the strengths of this year’s team is the variety of players who play in their games. They have depth that few other teams in the conference can match. With the amount of players they play and the up tempo style they play, it can be difficult for many teams to keep up with them.

We’ve got a lot of depth,” Van Hauen said. “We play up tempo, so its hard for the conference to match that depth. Any given night, anyone can be our leading scorer.”

As the regular season slate begins to wind down, the focus will shift to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament. While winning the regular season title is important, the conference tournament is even more important. With an automatic berth to the NAIA National Tournament going to the conference tournament champion, every MCC team will be fighting for that spot. Still, a regular season MCC title would definitely aide their cause.

“The number one seed is huge,” Van Hauen said. “You get a bye in the first round so you have a little bit of time to get your legs back. You also get to host which is huge because you don’t have to go out and travel, so that number one seed would be a big advantage.”

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