Punching above their weight, Division 2 women’s basketball team Haskell Indian Nations University faced off against Division 1 team, the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC). Haskell’s Fightin’ Indians held their own against the UMKC Roos during the first quarter according to Head Coach Adam Strom who said, “We played with them as long as we could, and that was like 8 minutes. Not to downplay our talent and skill level, you know they’re a little quicker, they jump higher, and they were faster.”
In the first quarter, Haskell scored the first point of the game but ended the quarter behind at 16 to 27. UMKC broke out, extending the lead, and by the third quarter, led by 61 points. UMKC out-scored, out-rebounded, and out-played Haskell, winning 95 to 38. Strom said, “We wanted a more respectable performance. Something that mirrored our first-quarter performance, but… they just put away the game in the second quarter.”
“I was extremely proud of our effort,” said Strom, complimenting his players’ conduct, demeanor, and how they represented the university. “This is one you watch game film. You learn from a quality opponent. We have to watch this game film and not so much watch ourselves—they play Basketball the right way, a lot of credit to the coach.”
Haskell’s Women’s Basketball next game will be with Bacone College December 4, at 3 PM CT.