Shaun Ho / The Collegian
After losing six games in a row in non-conference play to open the season, the Fresno State womenâ€™s basketball team has won six straight games and are tied for the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The womenâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s losing streak included losses to several top teams, including a slim loss to No. 15- ranked California, 83-79.
â€œCoach just basically told us to not get down, because no team in the WAC is playing the schedule we are,â€ senior center Erica Henry said.
â€œIt was a good test and now weâ€™re coming in to our own,â€ coach Adrian Wiggins said. â€œWeâ€™re understanding one another a little better, getting better together. We are a very new basketball team and we were playing very stiff competition.â€
This year the team has five new faces, three of them in starting positions.
â€œ[The freshmen] are very competitive,â€ Wiggins said. â€œThey havenâ€™t flinched. Not only are they excited about starting but they want to.â€
Guard Jaleesa Ross is one of the freshman starters who has adapted well to her new role. In only 16 games, Ross has already topped the WAC in 3-pointers,
Ross and the Bulldogs are the top ranked 3-point shooting team in the WAC. She is also currently ranked No. 38 in the nation for 3-point field goals made.
â€œI felt a little pressure once I got in the starting position, but now things are going pretty smooth, weâ€™re winning,â€ Ross said. â€œMy teammates, they know where to find me, they know if they give it to me Iâ€™m gonna knock it downâ€
Wiggins said that this team is out to do things theyâ€™ve never done before.
â€œWeâ€™ve never won 10 games in a row, weâ€™ve never been to a NCAA tournament and weâ€™ve never been a conference champion, so weâ€™re trying to do those things,â€ Wiggins said. â€œWe still have 14 games left. They are all very important, so any time [we] get a conference win weâ€™re excited.â€