GREAT FALLS — A new year means new opportunities for the University of Providence women’s basketball team, as Frontier Conference play resumes next weekend.
Back in December, the Argos started their conference schedule with an 0-2 record, falling to Rocky Mountain College in overtime before turning around and losing to defending national champion Montana Western. Both games were clearly winnable, but head coach Bill Himmelberg says it’s frustrating to sit on a losing conference record for an entire month.
"I really hate having the games in December. Would much rather have all our games in January and use this as a true preseason to continue to get better," Himmelberg said. "The biggest drawback, really, is if you go 0-2 like we did, then you got to wait a long time before you have a chance to get back on the horse and can get back to conference and get back to where you need to be."
As for the players, it provides motivation for when conference resumes. Senior guard Jenna Randich said the raw emotions of losing in overtime were palpable, and she believes the Argos will bounce back.
"I think it’s going to bring us a long way," Randich said. "And we’re fortunate that it's 0-2. We have so many more games to play, and I think that we're ready to get back on the horse just like Coach Bill said."
The Argo men and women resume their respective schedules next Thursday when MSU-Northern comes to town.