Lady Panthers power forward with record breaking season


OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Kentucky Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team is building something special in Owensboro.

Co-head coaches Caleb and Nicole Nieman have the panthers off to one of the best starts in school history.

The team just posted their 28th straight home win at the Sportscenter. That’s a program record that could continue to grow. Caleb Nieman explains they got to this point due by sticking to their process and staying consistent.

“It happens to be that we have won a lot of games and it’s going to be nice for the kids, when they are all done with this, to look back on, but hopefully they aren’t focused on it right now. I guess it’s exciting to win any game, and hopefully we are just focused on the next game. When the smoke clears, we can look back it. They want to be consistent, they want to be there everyday because they know people are counting on them.”

KWC senior forward, Keelie Lamb, understands their accomplishment is nice but she says staying focused moving forward has to be their main goal.

“It’s really really cool, but we don’t want to focus on it because we don’t want to put the pressure on us, we just got to keep doing what we are doing. We really try to focus on being a good teammate, working really hard and being mentally tough. I just think us focusing on that, makes us more successful.”

Despite the great success, the Lady Panthers haven’t taken too much time to celebrate. Junior guard, Lily Grimes, believes they are just sticking to their game plan.

“We haven’t even recognized when we have broken those records, we have just been out there playing, giving it our all. So when we do, and when we realize it, we are excited. Then we know, we have more opportunities to continue to break those records. We don’t feel that pressure, we just know we are going to give it our best and we know our fans are going to support us no matter what. We just enjoy it, we enjoy being together and with coaches. It’s just fun all the way around.”

UP NEXT: The Panthers take on Alderson Broaddus tomorrow at noon at the Sportscenter. Reporting from Kentucky Wesleyan’s practice, Michael Gilbert, Eyewitness News

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(This story was originally published on January 10, 2020)

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