The Wildcat basketball team started the Christmas break with a five-game losing streak but finished by winning three of four contests, demonstrating inconsistencies that have frequently plagued them in the early season.
The Wildcats sit at 7-8 overall and in sixth place in the Lone Star Conference South Division. As the ‘Cats search for ways to string wins together, free throws continue to hold the team back. The Wildcats are shooting just more than 63 percent from the charity stripe this season, the second-worst percentage in the LSC.
The Wildcats have also struggled to maintain reliability beyond the three-point line. They hold 10th place in their conference in three-point percentages.
Eddie Thompson continues to pace the Wildcats, leading in scoring and free throw percentages. Thompson scored 22 points against ECU.
The team as a whole has shown flashes of domination in 2009-10, but all too often, fails to close down the stretch. The Wildcats held an 8-point advantage over Dallas Baptist during the game Dec. 30; however, they made just 33 percent of their free throws in the second half, and DBU pulled away in the end. The Wildcats ended their Christmas break with a win over East Central but completed only 59 percent of their free throws in the game.