It’s unusual for head coaches to talk about luck as a reason why a team wins or loses. For the most part, wins and losses come down to preparation and execution. But for the Rainbow Wahine basketball team, they might just be unlucky.
Just ask head coach Laura Beeman:
“I’m hoping that we get a shot of good luck. Because we have yet to have a shot of good luck and apart of winning, in my opinion and from my 20-plus years (in coaching), it’s more about luck than it is about teams and pieces coming together,” Beeman said. “Luck has a lot to do with your record. And right now, we have had absolutely zero.”
Beeman explained that she’s not using the team’s lack of fortune as an excuse for losing seven of their last nine games, but the team has had to overcome multiple hurdles this season.
“We have to play the hand that we are dealt. … When you look at this year, we’ve had a lot of adversity. We’ve had some injuries that affected us, we’ve had players that have left because of injury or personal reasons,” Beeman said. “And then you couple that, then let’s go back to the change in the summertime with three brand new coaches … and this kind of feels like, when is this gonna stop?
“We were out this weekend at our hotel and a lady tried to jump off the ledge at the hotel, Those things have followed us all season long - the missile warning, all of these different, crazy things. And the girls actually looked at me after Saturday and asked, ‘Coach, when is this going to stop?’”
Beeman and her players will look to rebound this Thursday against CSUN, hoping a bit of luck goes their way to snap the team’s two-game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. HT.
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