University of Great Falls Women's Hoops:
After back to back elite eight appearances at the NAIA national women's basketball tournament, the UGF Lady Argos aren't backing down this season. 9-0. A record that all would hope for, but few can achieve. But for the Lady Argos, their perfect season so far shows just how talented their team is.
"I'm feeling really great about our squad and where we're at," said head coach Bill Himmelberg. "We've really developed a long way since the beginning of the year."
"We did a really good job of proving to the country really that we're a really good team and we're a force to be reckoned with," added senior guard Nneka Nnadi.
After losing star player Erin Legal last year, some were worried about what the future would be for the Lady Argos. But they've shown that other team members can step up to the plate.
"You know, Erin's an amazing player," Coach Himmelberg said. "You can't replace an Erin Legel. 3 time All-American, one of the greatest to ever play here, you can't replace her. Every girl's gotta do her part to do the best she can. We've got a lot of girls who can step up and do all kinds of things."
"We're a different team, we're just a different dynamic. We're a different group," Nnadi said. "We don't want to compare our team this year to our team last year. We just want to focus on the new and move forward."
This week may be the biggest challenge yet for the Lady Argos: Lewis and Clark State. But coaches and players agree that if they execute correctly, they can fight til the end.
"They a great team. They're ranked #7 for a reason," Coach Himmelberg said. "They're great. I think our girls can compete with them. We just gotta go down there and make sure we do all the little things right. We're gonna need to play great defense, we're gonna need to block out, we're gonna need to execute."
"We're just really focusing on our defense cause that's what's gonna drive our offense," said junior guard Stephanie McDonagh. "Coach talks about it every day in practice: defense, defense, defense. and I think that's really what's gonna get us there."
And if they can keep on winning, UGF may see themselves in the National Tournament in March with hopes of going further than the Elite Eight.
University of Great Falls Men's Hoops:
The UGF men's basketball program is also off to a hot start as the team is currently 6-1 overall and coming off of three straight wins. The Argos men's team was selected to finish sixth in the Frontier Conference, and head coach Anthony Owens and his players have other plans in mind for this year's season.
"Bottom line we're trying to get in the top four. Basically, we're trying to get to twenty wins. I think twenty is getting over that stepping stone. That's our expectation try to compete every game and be in every game and see what we can do in the league as far as where we can finish at," said head coach Anthony Owens.
"We want to make the conference championship. That's our ultimate goal right now. Same thing working hard every day in the gym in practice game time. Always practicing hard no matter what.">